Google Earth Lessons

An Educational Resource for Teachers

Description of Lesson Fields: (Download this as a .doc worksheet)

  1. Lesson Title: Descriptive, possibly funny, whatever you wish.
  1. Lesson Description: This will be what a teacher would put in their lesson plans to describe the lesson. It should be detailed enough that a tech-savvy substitute teacher (or one of your students who is helping the sub decipher your lessons) could run with the lesson.
  1. Lesson Goals and Objectives: These are primarily performance goals, things the student will actually be able to do upon completing the lesson.  These should be closely tied to National or State Standards if applicable. For instance, an NCTM (National Council for Teachers of Mathematics) goal – “The Student Will develop strategies for estimating the perimeters, areas, and volumes of irregular shapes.” That sort of thing.
  1. Grade Level: As schools all over the world number their grade levels differently, use whichever grade level they use in your part of the world.
  1. Content Areas: This can be as broad or narrow as you wish. For instance it could be ‘Social Studies’ or it could be ‘Florida History 1650 to 1800’. Generally it should be somewhat narrowed down for search purposes.
  1. Lesson Type: 2 options here, Student Controlled or Teacher Controlled.
  1. Duration: How long will the lesson take? Can be in time (2 hours) or in Periods (2 class periods)
  1. Skills: These are similar to goals, but address generalized skills the student will use or gain. For instance: Reading, Using a Mouse for navigation, etc.
  1. Related Topics: What other kinds of things could this lesson be tied to? Are there some interesting web sites that you have used that are related to the topic? What should the students know to prepare them for the lesson? This can be as detailed or non-existent as you wish.
  1. Lesson Notes: This is where you can add notes about your experiences in teaching the lesson or tips on how to make the lesson go smoothly, that sort of thing.
  1. Assessment: How will the teacher be able to quantify that learning has occurred? It might be a quiz at the end of the lesson or it could be a project that is turned in, that sort of thing.
  1. Non-Digital Materials Needed: This would be things like paper and scissors for creating models, printouts of worksheets, that sort of thing. If you have created handouts or worksheets for the lesson you can upload them at
  1. Digital Needs: This is where you would include any programs of files that are needed for the lesson. For instance, if the lesson has the kids making a spreadsheet of their discoveries you would want to include ‘Software for creating a spreadsheet’.
  1. Ideas for Extensions: This is where you can do a mini-brainstorming session thinking what other stuff you could do if you had the time, resources or students to take the lesson to the next level, or just fun stuff you might try with the lesson next time you teach it.
  1. Name: This can either be your real name or your web nickname.
  1. Copyright: If you want copyright credit for the lesson should some developer or author wish to use your idea to make a profit, put it here. For your own security we strongly suggest you do not put your email address on the lesson anywhere since we cannot prevent spammers from sucking email addresses off the site. From experience I like to add a copyright just for insurance’s sake (more like wishful thinking :-) but have never had to worry about it too much.