Start the Japan unit with a fun, student-centered, inquiry-based Google Geography Exploration and Scavenger Hunt! This comprehensive Google Geography lesson has been both student and teacher approved with an overwhelming thumbs-up! It embodies all of the cool geography capabilities of Google Maps and Google Earth in a digital geography interactive notebook format complete with a Google forms physical geography assessment at the end.
In this inquiry-based learning activity, students research how geography shaped the lives of Medieval Japanese through a scaffolded Google Slides, Google Maps, Google Earth and Google Forms geography investigation. Here’s what they get to do:
☺A Satellite Map Investigation
- Students preview the continent and make predictions about a focus question using outstanding, visually rich satellite maps that provide the big picture.
☺A Virtual Field Trip Google Slides Presentation
- Students take a closer look with a visually rich key physical feature Google Slides presentation.
☺ A Label the Feature Google Slide Presentation
- Key physical features for the unit are labeled upon each click.
☺A Google Slides Interactive Fill-In-the-Blank Geography Activity
– Students fill in the pre-made label spots after they study using the map provided.
☺A Pile of Features Interactive Activity
– Students drag the physical feature label to the appropriate spot on the satellite map.
☺A Google Maps Close Reading and Interactive Activity
– Students click on the highlighted civilization and read about how they adapted to their geographic location. Then, students use the words provided in a Google Slides word bank the summarize the reading.
☺A Google Earth Scavenger Hunt
– Students are given coordinates to research in Google Earth. Then, students identify and describe the location after they have “flown there”.
☺A Google Forms Physical Geography Quiz
– Students answer multiple choice questions based on the same physical features map they studied and labeled earlier.
Use the same lesson over and over until students earn geography content mastery!
Tony Pavlovich, Instructomania
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