Geography with Google’s My Maps

May 23rd, 2019 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

 

It’s Thursday, May 23, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Google’s My Maps

(www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/?hl=en)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

If you’ve ever visited Google Maps (or MapQuest or Yahoo Maps), you know that you can pan and zoom a world map from your computer. But did you know you can customize that map for your homeschooling?

My Maps requires a free Google account. The beauty of My Maps is: 

  • It’s free.
  • It’s easy.
  • Google stores it for you and provides a web address (a URL) so that you can share your map with friends or family.

When you get to the site, click the “Create New Map” button. (If you don’t have a Google account, it will prompt you to sign up.)

Here’s how it works: Once the map comes up, use the features on the map’s menu to customize it by adding colored pins and labels to it, draw lines on it, or even insert pictures. (Here’s a link to My Maps Help with more details on how to use the features.)

My Maps was very helpful last summer with information about specific California wildfires. The fire map also included info about air quality, evacuation orders, shelters, fire containment statistics, road closures, and more.

Once we started thinking about My Maps for homeschooling, the possibilities seemed endless: 

  • Label a map with events from your history studies.
  • Use the map as a quiz by putting questions onto it.
  • Share the map with other families in a reading group. When children complete a book, let them add a pin to the map indicating where the author was from or where the story took place.
  • Help young children trace routes to the grocery store or to Grandma’s house.
  • Use it as a diary for a family vacation.

And more!

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