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Google Maps Bingo

Google Maps Bingo
Google Maps Bingo
Google Maps Bingo
Google Maps Bingo
Google Maps Bingo
Google Maps Bingo
Google Maps Bingo
Google Maps Bingo
Product Description
Just as it sounds. These are bingo cards for students to use while exploring Google Streetview. Students are asked to find such things as snow, a dirt road, a sign that is not in English, etc. Students use their critical thinking skills and pre-existing knowledge of geography to locate the targets.

Intentions of the activity:
- apply critical thinking skills
- apply knowledge of geography
- exposure to new places, geographies
- learning to use a common map tool to navigate and zoom in

I have found that students get absorbed in this activity. I give my middle school students a 1 minute explanation of how to use Google Streetview (how to drag the little yellow guy onto the map), and then let them explore. I have no rules against using the search function in Google Maps or information elsewhere on the internet, but I don't give that hint unless it is necessary for a frustrated student.

I have observed students sharing ideas and their knowledge of places in this activity. The first time I tried it, when the game finished and my students had 8 minutes or so of free time, I had students showing each other their grandmothers' houses, or the places they'd visited or lived.

**EXTRA**
Once students are acquainted with Google Maps, you can single challenges at the start of a computer lab period or as a sponge activity instead of or before games. For example, I have told students that they may have free time after their typing practice and work for the day... once they have found a polar bear in Google Streetview. Or, once they have found the giant goose in Wawa, or the blueberry in Oxford.

key words: geography, technology, maps, mapping, Google Maps, computer, bingo, social studies, middle school
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