Amanda Fairbanks's Lesson Plan

Google Earth is an effective technology to enhance a student’s learning of Geography in the classroom. My idea for a lesson plan was to provide an interactive way to show migration patterns of people across the world throughout history, and to have students create a virtual tour to demonstrate their own migration history. (This lesson is geared specifically for ESL students who are foreign-born; however, it would be useful for all students as well).
Lesson Plan
Name: Amanda Fairbanks
Date of Lesson: December 10, 2010
Subject: Geography
Grade Level: 9th
Utah State Core Standard/Objective:
UEN Standard 2: Students will understand the human and physical characteristics of places and regions.
Objective 1: Interpret place by its human and physical characteristics.
a. Examine human characteristics, including language, religion, population, political and economic systems, and quality of life.

UEN Standard 4: Students will understand how human activities shape the earth's surface
Objective 1: Analyze the characteristics, distribution and migration of human population's on Earth's surface.
a. investigate how people adapt to their environment

Lesson Topic: Understanding Migration Patterns of People
Objectives: Students will be able to analyze various migration patterns throughout history and compare and contrast their own personal migration history to identify key factors that affect why people migrate.
Required Materials/ Equipment: Google Earth
Anticipatory Set: Approximate Time 2 Min
Show pictures of various people throughout history who have left their homes whether voluntarily or involuntarily. Show pictures of African slaves being forced to sail to the Americas, pioneers crossing the plains, European immigrants headed for the New World, migrant families crossing the border from Mexico, and a family driving a U-haul across the United States.
Communicate Objectives: Approximate Time 2 Min
Explain to students how over time, people have migrated across the earth for various reasons, and in this lesson students will be able to identify those reasons and apply them to their own personal migration histories.
Input: Approximate Time 5 Min
Give the definitions of Push and Pull factors. Push factors are factors that motivate a person to leave a certain place such as political unrest, scarcity of resources, or harsh climate. Pull factors are factors that draw a person to a certain place such as abundance of jobs, abundance of resources, favorable climate, freedom, or political stability. Explain how throughout time, these have been the factors in why people have left their previous homes for new ones.
Modeling: Approximate Time 5 Min
Use Google Earth to show examples of the people of Africa coming to the Americas, and the people of Europe immigrating to the United States, and to show the migration patterns.
Guided Practice: Approximate Time 5 Min
Teach the students how to make a virtual tour on Google Earth. (Recording, basic tools, paths, how to make place marks). Have them make a tour beginning with their previous home and country, and traveling to their current one, while describing the differences between the two and the reasons why they moved.
Closure: Approximate Time 1-2 Min
Remind the students again the importance of understanding why people leave their homes for new ones, and understanding that the same factors that affected people’s decisions to move throughout history, are often the same reasons why people still move today. Help ESL students understand the reasons why they came to the United States, and how they have adapted to the environment.
Independent Practice: Approximate Time 20 Min
Students will make their own 3-4 min virtual tour on Google Earth explaining their own personal migration history.

(Click to view an example of a snapshot that would be shown during the lesson of New York, a place where many European immigrants have moved to.)

(Click to view an example of a student's virtual tour: Note, Must Have Google Earth Installed)