Today my fifth graders and I took a virtual field trip to Louisiana, Montreal, and Mexico City. We saw how the European colonization that began in these places 600 years ago had a lasting effect on language, architecture, food, and traditions.
Our trip began using Google Earth. We started at our school and zoomed out to see our state, country, continent and hemisphere.
Then we stopped at each city of our journey and watched a video tour at each.
After the tours, we worked in small groups to read details about the effects of European colonization and answer questions about what we read.
As students found new information, they added it to the graphic organizer on the SmartBoard.
We ran out of time to finish today, so we are looking forward to completing our exploration and graphic organizer tomorrow!
UPDATE March 31, 2017 12:33a.m.
When we had our next class, we re-designed the mind map to match the subheadings of a section of the text. Unfortunately, we had very little time to devote to it today.