It’s no secret that I LOVE incorporating Google My Maps whenever and where ever I can in the classroom. So a teacher friend, Jennifer Stimpson (who is an AMAZINGLY inspirational scientist/teacher), thought it would be fun to get our classes to collaborate. She is a teacher in Texas and I teach in California. Our students come from drastically different backgrounds, which makes this project all the more appealing. We are going to play 2 Truths and A Lie: State Style.
In short, although the details have yet to be worked out, we will divide our classes into groups. Each group will be assigned a state in which, using Google My Maps, they will need to research the state and write 2 truths and 1 lie. They must cite their source and they may embed a video. This is phase 1.
Phase 2 will then see the teams working on another state, one the other class has completed, to find the 1 lie. Once the lie is found, it must be corrected and sources must be cited.
Finally, phase 3 the two classes will play either a Kahoot or Quizzizz game together. The idea is that students need to know the information for ALL 50 states, not just the ones they did. So students will have to work together, maybe digital notebooks, to study and learn.
We figured that this was way more fun than filling out a blank map of the U.S. What are your thoughts? How can we make it better? Want to join in on the fun? Here is the link to our document with a few more details.
I love this idea! My 6th graders study world history. This could be fun with different countries too. I’d love to see your student’s ‘Map & State Reports’. Would you mind sharing access? Thanks for sharing this.
Unfortunately, I only have a few screen shots from the student state reports. My district has since placed a ‘walled garden’ on all student accounts. However, here is my how to and resource document. Ideas, as well as any class assignment directions, docs, hypermaps, etc., are near the end of the doc.
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Thanks so much for sharing
I love this idea! What grade is this intended for?
Thanks! I teach 5th, but this could easily be adapted for other grades. For example, 4th could do within state researching the different regions. 2nd could use it for habitats.