This is a great starter lesson for a teacher who would like to use Google Earth placemarks in the curriculum but does not want to devote a lot of classroom time to it. This activity is easy for kids to navigate, is exciting enough to keep their attention, and also does not require them to do a great deal of work in order to gain a better understanding of the Journey of Christopher Columbus. There is one extension activity in it for early finishers as well. The procedure listed in this lesson plan gives you everything you need to know in order to execute it properly and I have also included information on how to create and share your own Google Earth placemark files. In the lesson plan, you will also find a link to a file where you can download the Google Earth placemarks that I used in the lesson.
For a more extensive version of this assignment, please see my novel study of Pedro's Journal by Pam Conrad.