Help your students visualize the stories they read with Google Lit Trips!

Help your students understand the stories they read at a whole new level with Google Lit Trips! The site states, “Using Google Earth, students discover where in the world the greatest road trip stories of all time took place… and so much more!”

Imagine teaching Make Way for Ducklings with a tool that enables your students to visually follow the journey of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard as they look for a safe home for their family. Using Google Earth, students can track the Mallard family as the travel from the Public Garden to Beacon Hill to the State House and more! When students click on each location on the Make Way for Ducklings Google Earth file, they can see real pictures and learn factual background information about every place in the story!

This is an incredible tool for helping students visualize and learn about the places they encounter in stories! To get started on your journey with Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and other characters from famous children’s novels:

  • Download Google Earth (click here to download the program for free)
  • Return to Google Lit Trips
  • Click on one of the grade level links at the top of the page
  • Find a Lit Trip that suits your fancy!
  • Enjoy exploring!

Off to the Public Garden with the Mallards!


PS Thanks Kate Reavey (Peninsula College) for supplying the YouTube video above!

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5 Responses to “Help your students visualize the stories they read with Google Lit Trips!”

  1. 1 Nancy March 18, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    What a great tool. I can’t wait to explore it more and share it with my colleagues. Thank you so much for sharing resources to help all our students achieve. Visualizing is so important for English language learners and teachers spend a lot of time gathering visuals. This could really be a time saver and add depth to the story. Thanks for passing yet another great site along!

  2. 2 Whitnei September 21, 2009 at 12:16 am

    This is a great teaching tool!! Thanks so much for actually explaining it step by step. It not only saves time for busy educators, but your explaination answered so many questions. The google lit tool is very great tool to help students actually visualize text. I will definitely be using this in my classroom!

  3. 3 readinggal September 21, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Thanks Whitnei! Google Lit Trips is wonderful!

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