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Using Google Maps/Earth with Project Learning Tree

Introduction to Google Maps and Google Earth 

We will explore ways to use these powerful tools to expand on Field, Forest and Stream (PLT p.203) and Mapping Your Community Through Time (PLT Secondary Places We Live p.49). You will be able to use information from these exercises to create collaborative maps in Google Maps and to expand your skills by using the many tools and Galleries in Google Earth.

To get started, please make sure you are logged into your Google Account so that you can access Google Maps and Google Documents. And make sure that you have Google Earth installed on your computer.

Using Google Tools: Field, Forest and Stream


Students can enter data directly into a Google Spreadsheet or upload an Excel Spreadsheet to Google Spreadsheets.

Field, Forest and Stream


Or you can create a form for them to enter data into. You customize the questions, and you can add hints or help tips to the questions.

Data that are entered into a Google Form appears in a spreadsheet, with all of the answers collated into a single spreadsheet with time stamps. You can make the form either public or private, but the answers in the spreadsheet will only be viewable by you.

Forest, Field and Stream


Link to Google Presentation
Link to Google Spreadsheet
Using Google Forms to enter student data into a Spreadsheet and Google Map 
Google Documents/Spreadsheets Evaluation Rubric

Google Maps, Map Maker and Earth: Mapping Your Community Through Time

Link to Google Presentation


Collaborative Google Map: Wildlife in National Symbols

Project WILD (p.186)- Students create a Google Map while identifying wildlife used in national symbols and hypothesize reasons wildlife are used in national symbols.


Here is the Google Map we made

View National Symbol in a larger map

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Evaluation Rubrics

Google Earth Evaluation Rubric


Google Docs Evaluation Rubric

Go to Google Spreadsheet