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Mini Lesson Planning Tool for Integrating Technology

Instructor: Rachel Cason

Title of Lesson: Where in the World?
Curriculum / Content Area: Social Studies
Grade Level: 2
The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with Google Earth, as well as practice identifying
cardinal and intermediate directions.
Objective: Students will be able to use Google Earth to move in the cardinal and intermediate directions
from state to state or country to country.

2.6.) Identify states, continents, oceans, and the equator using maps, globes, and technology.
Identifying the intermediate directions of northeast, southeast, northwest, and
Engagement: Discuss which states the students have visited. Where are those states in relation to
Teaching and Practice:
Review cardinal directions using a compass tool on Google Earth.
Use Google Earth to find Alabamas location.
Move around the map to states the students have visited, making sure that each cardinal and
intermediate direction has been covered.
Using classroom or computer lab computers, give students an activity sheet that requires them to
find states in different directions from Alabama.
Ex. Find a state that lies northeast of Alabama.
For challenge problems, ask students to find countries in relation to each other.
Ex. Find a country that is south of Brazil.

Answer the following questions:

1. Do I know how to use the technology tool(s) that will be used by my students?
Yes. I have used Google Earth for school-related assignments as well as for leisure, and I have
the most current version on my laptop. I am familiar with the basic features and applications of
this technology tool.
2. What technology skills do my students already have that are needed for this lesson?
My students will already be very familiar with using a computer, and they will be able to use a
mouse to drag the globe around. From a previous lesson, they will also know what a physical
compass looks like and how it is used.
3. What technology skills will they need to learn to complete this lesson successfully?
They will need an introduction to the Google Earth software, since they probably will not have
used it before they get to 2 grade. Specifically, they will need to learn about how the compass
feature works, since it is labeled differently from a physical compass.
4. What is the appropriate setting for this lesson (classroom, lab, library, home)? Is this
setting available for my students to use?
This lesson would be able to be completed in the classroom if the teacher had a classroom set of
computers or laptops. If not, it would need to take place in the computer lab, which should be
available as long as it is reserved in advance.

5. What tools and resources will I need? (List of all Web sites, specific software and hardware,
and other needs.)
Teachers computer and projector
Classroom set of computers or laptops; computer lab if necessary
Google Earth software on each computer
Activity sheets
6. How much time do I need to allow for this lesson?
This lesson should take approximately 30 minutes.
7. Who can help me with the planning and/or implementation of this lesson?
A technology specialist could help show me interesting features of Google Earth that I could
incorporate into the lesson, and the specialist could also be on hand to assist with any technical
difficulties that might occur in the lab during the lesson. Other grade level teachers could help me
plan the lesson to be sure it met the content standard.
8. How will I assess the students learning?
I could assess their learning by:
Using checklists and/or anecdotal notes to monitor their use of the technology.
Having students complete an assessment sheet that is similar to the activity sheet from
the lesson. They would be asked to independently locate states or countries in relation to
one another using the cardinal and intermediate directions.