Have you ever discovered a website that you just cannot wait to share with others? This week’s free find is Google Lit Trips. Imagine for a moment that you are reading Robert McCloskey’s classic story Make Way for Ducklings to your class. You read about their journey and while the students get a sense for the area where the ducklings are traveling, it is not quite a concrete image. Insert Google Lit Trips’ Make Way for Ducklings and, suddenly, your students will be transported to the very same streets in Boston, MA as the ducklings. It’s a great way to bring literature to life!
What are Google Lit Trips?
Geared toward a variety of ages, Google Lit Trips can be found for everything from picture books to young adult novels. The trips are completely free and all that is needed is a free Google Earth download on your computer. Some of the trips are even student created which makes for a fantastic high school or middle school project idea. Interested in a trip not listed? You can suggest it and hope that it gets made.
For the middle and high school crowds, there’s Lit Trips for books like The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis and Night by Elie Wiesel. Even Macbeth and The Odyssey have found their way into becoming Google Lit Trips! You can check out all of the available titles here.
If you want to take the idea further, consider having your class create their own Google Earth Field Trip. They can map out the locations around their city, state, or country where they would like to visit and see the areas up close. Geography, literature, and technology instruction all in one lesson? That’s what Google Lit Trips help you provide.
Do you use Google Lit Trips in your lessons already? If so, share with us your favorite Lit Trips! New to the site? Share which books you would like to see mapped out!