Monday, October 17, 2016

Google Mapping History and the Present

What layers of history may exist below where you stand right now?

 Today's Essential Question  * How are ancient areas of the Middle East both different and similar to today? 

The Layers of Where We Are Now Where are we right now? Yes, we are at Lakeview Middle School. I'm now going to open up Google Maps and show Lakeview Middle School on my Google Map as part of a "Current Events" layer. What do know about the history of this place? Is there a historical layer that exists beneath this modern one? Take some time to discuss in small groups and then you'll share out what you know about the history of the geographic site on which Lakeview was built.

Now, I will turn off Google Maps “Current Events” layer and turn on “ Historical Events” layer. What do you notice? Yes, this geographic site was once the home of an Ohlone Indian burial ground. Next, notice that when I turn both layers on you can see both pinned stories (Lakeview’s present and past) are accessible together.

Why are both layers are important to understanding this geographic place? What connections can be made between the two? How Lakeview’s past can help inform its present and even future? In this lesson you will also be examining a geographic place in the world, locating the place on a map, and making connections between its present and past.

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Life in Syria Today  Recently we began our unit on Ancient Mesopotamia, which once existed in parts of what is now Iraq and Syria. Both of these places have been in the news a lot recently. Today we are going to examine what it's been like growing up in Syria in recent years. We will read the article Growing Up in the World's Most Dangerous Place from Junior Scholastic. Your task while you read is to take notes on the Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How details of the article, and later write a summary using the Noteaking and Summary Guide located in your Google Classroom. This summary text will later be included as part of a post that you pin in the appropriate geographic location, within the "Current Events" layer of your Social Studies Google Map. As we learn more about the ancient Middle East this school year, this modern story will serve as a point of reference to think about how this region has changed over time, while still serving as foundation for what is taking place there today. 

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