Students in Mrs. Johnson’s fifth grade class recently learned how to use Google Earth as a scavenger hunt tool! They had been learning to read maps using latitude and longitude coordinates, and Google Earth allowed them to travel the globe looking for various given locations.
Before embarking on this technology adventure, the students learned to find cities in the United States of America using latitude and longitude coordinates on paper. Once they mastered that, Mrs. Johnson showed them how to navigate around the world using the online Google Earth features and tools on their laptops. Google Earth software allows you to apply grid lines to the maps, so locations are easier to find. The class even visited Union Elementary to learn how to find its absolute location!
The students had a wonderful time exploring the software before being given the task of writing down the absolute location coordinates for the following: the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, as well as the Statue of Liberty in New York. After those coordinates were recorded, the final task was to find a country that the Equator went through and a country that the Prime Meridian went through.
Google Earth helped to put a fun spin on what could have been a mundane task of learning about latitude and longitude!