Third grade students study Native American tribes, their locations and the natural resources they used. I thought a good way for them to get a visual of all of the locations would be to for them to each create a My Maps in Google. I checked with the 3rd grade chair and asked which tribes they were working on to represent the different geographic areas of the U.S. She gave me a list and from there I created a graphic organizer to aid the students as they searched locations.
I originally had the directions at the top of the sheet, but after one class realized that the students needed the directions to be in a list with bullet points. So I retyped the directions in that format and they were better able to follow them .
After modelling the process and showing it on a large screen we then had to have them use their tablets to log into their Google account (via their school provided email address). This took the entirety of the time in the library for many students. It only has to be done once, but some struggled to type in everything correctly. Several students in each class whizzed along and had several locations marked before others successfully logged in! They were then the experts.
At the second session I demonstrated how to search and add an image for each tribe. Those who had marked all of the tribes proceeded to this step. We worked at this for a 3rd session and about 95% of the students had all locations marked. Some (maybe about 30%) had images for some or all tribes. I asked the teachers to let the rest work on it in class as time permits.
I really wanted them to type in a fact or two about each tribe, but not sure if the teachers will follow through. Several of the students were so excited to work on this project, so that made the sometimes hectic sessions all worthwhile.
This grade level also has to teach about explorers this year, so I saw where you could draw paths between locations. I experimented with it and created a sample and shared the link to the teachers. Hopefully they will use these trained-up students to create maps tracing the voyages of the explorers. I will get back with them and offer my support if they choose to use My Maps-Google again.
My sample for the explorer map: