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Google My Maps and Native Americans

Third grade students are learning about different Native American tribes.  Since geography is a weakness for most all of our students, I introduced them to Google My Maps.

Graphic Organizer, Collaboration

I created an graphic organizer with the names of the tribes (the list supplied by the third grade chair) and a column for the location of each group.  They had to log into Google My Maps using their student email address, which some did more quickly than others.  It is something they already do fairly regularly for other programs, but some had a hard time making the connection.


Google my map

Google My Maps and Images

After marking the locations and renaming for each tribe, the students added an image for each tribe.


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Third Grade Opinion Writing and Padlet

I wanted to give the third grade students another opportunity to practice typing on their tablets and wanted to have another go at using Padlet.  I choose to read Hannah and Phillip Hoose’s book, Hey, Little Ant (illustrated by Debbie Tilley) and we focused on the International Baccalaureate concept, perspective.  The last sentence of the book is, “What do you think the kid should do?”


I created a Padlet using the “shelf” template so that I could create two columns, one headed “Squish the ant” and the other “Ant goes free.”  I instructed the students to choose one opinion and write a response citing two reasons to support your opinion.


Technology Set-Up

The first time I introduced Padlet to this grade level a couple of weeks ago, I had them bring their Dell tablets with their keyboards and mouse.  They have to have an external keyboard as our tablet case cover “bounces” as they use the on-screen keyboard and that keeps opening up response windows.  That didn’t go so well; tablets weren’t charged, keyboards were forgotten, they couldn’t type the shortened URL in correctly, etc.  So this time I logged into 6 of our library desktops in advance and had the website pulled up.  This went much more smoothly.  It wasn’t a whole group activity, but I just kept rotating the students through.


This second time around they were more focused on their writing and less on trying to read other students’ responses.  I think this is partially because they weren’t seeing so many boxes popping up in real time, which really distracted them.

I also encouraged the students to type with two hands (even if they are only using their index finger).  This speeds up their typing and this is important on the state test where they have to do several extended responses.  Unfortunately, we don’t have structured keyboarding instruction.


I do have one iPad which also worked. 


One student who was responding later in the visit noticed that more of his classmates had decided that the ant should go free.  Interesting that he noticed and heartening to see that more of them are respectful of the ant!

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2nd Grade Use Atlas & Tablet

Reference tool introduction continued when 2nd grade students got to utilize not just an atlas but also their Dell ProVenue tablets (we are a 1:1 school).  They love to use their tablets!


2nd grade students documenting their find in the atlas.

Social Studies Curriculum Tie-In

Again, I chose a topic the students have some background knowledge of. They have been learning about James Oglethorpe, so I chose 2 locations related to this historical figure.  I asked the students to find Georgia and London, England in an atlas.

Model the Process First

I modeled the activity first, showing them how to use the index to find a location.I used a tablet to photograph a student pointing at the words in the index.  We then went to the correct page in the atlas, used the map reference and located the city.  Again, we used the tablet’s camera to show the student pointing to the correct location.


The students were able to use the atlas’ index to find the 2 locations and photograph the process.  Documenting the process with the tablet added a different flavor to our usual practice of paper and pencil to show their activity.  When they said they were finished, I just swiped through the photographs on their tablets.

In addition to learning and applying information literacy skills, using the tablet gave the students opportunity to handle their tablets and practice using the camera.  When we started the lesson several of the students didn’t know where the camera was (indicating a lack of use of the tablet in the classroom), but their fellow classmates helped out here.

I’ll definitely try to figure out ways to incorporate the tablets in more library instructional activities

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