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Google Maps

Google Maps can be used for more than just Social Studies lessons.

Paint Map

Paint Map is part search engine, part artwork sharing, and part Google Map. The way Paint Map works is artists submit images of their paintings, write a description of the where the painting was made, and then plot that location on a Google Map. Paint Map offers a commenting system through which visitors and artists can interact. There is a search bar on Paint Map's homepage that visitors can use to search through the nearly 500 paintings on Paint Map.

Paint Map provides students with a global context of the paintings they view.

Find Paint Map at http://paintmap.com

Literary Maps

Google Lit Trips provides dozens of examples of using Google Earth to map out stories. You can use the same concept to create literary maps in Google Maps. Have students choose their favorite stories, identify the locations mentioned in the stories, and then create placemarks on a Google Map. The students’ placemarks can include text, images, and videos.

On a similar note, you could have students create a story from scratch and map it out on a Google Map.

For more ideas about creating literary maps visit:

http://www.googlelittrips.com

Plan a Bike Route

Google Maps provides directions for traveling by bicycle in more than 150 US cities. When you enter a pair of addresses you can choose to get directions for traveling by automobile or bicycle. Don't have any particular addresses in mind that you want to ride to? Google Maps offers suggested bicycle riding routes which you can find by selecting "bicycle" in your Google Maps menu.

Google Maps can be used by physical education teachers and or health teachers to have students plan safe routes for bicycle rides. To take the assignment a step farther you could have students plan a route, measure the distance, and calculate how many calories a person could burn on that route. There are numerous calorie calculators on the web that you could use for that second step.

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