Creating a Google Site – State Research Project
Subject – Social Studies, Grades 4-6
In this lesson students will research a state of their choice and design a Google Site to share their learning. Students will create a Google Site for visitors to learn about the state in a real world learning experience.
- The teacher would need to organize and facilitate the research of the states for the students.
- Creating a Google Site for State Research step by step instructions.
- Each student would need a Google Apps account or a Google Account
Instructions – Prior to creating the Google Site
Step (1) Research Wisely – Students would need to research their state.
Keyword searching is useful in effectively researching your assigned geologic time period under a specified time limit.
Click, download and print – the keyword searching printable for student research on the web.
This worksheet helps students learn to use search engines to research topics. The focus is the use of quotes in the search string to yield better results. Printable found at: http://freeology.com/wp-content/files/keywordsearching.pdf
Suggested areas of research may be:
- Land & Climate, Houghton Mifflin Science: Graphic Organizers
- Agriculture, (Geography, Agriculture, Water) – Pedagogy: Graphic Organizers
- Business & Industry
Other Engaging Timeline Interactive Resources for research and project based learning:
Dipity is a free digital timeline website. Users can create, share, embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps.
Tiki-Toki is web-based software for creating beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the internet. Students will need to sign up using the free account. With this account, students can create one interactive timeline that can be shared via URL only.
- Tiki-Toki provides integration with YouTube and Vimeo for videos
- Share timelines with anyone – Each timeline you create has its own unique url that you can send to friends or colleagues (Sharing via URL would have to suffix for students/teachers)
- Timelines created using Tiki-Toki can be embedded on your own website or blog using the paid membership.
Timeline Tool 2.0 – Recently improved from Timeline 1.0, The Timeline Tool 2.0 is a web- based tool that allows an instructor to construct an interactive timeline with audio and visual effects. The new version is equipped with a “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” interface and extremely user-friendly features. The finished timeline can be re-used and easily shared over the web. This tool is built in Flash, PHP and XML.
Typing Research Paragraphs in Google Docs
- Students will synthesize their research into paragraphs about each topic.
- Students type their paragraphs in Google Docs to take advantage of the Spell Check feature
- Google Docs allows students to get their writing and typing done outside of class so you don’t have to waste lab time with word processing. Google Docs gives anywhere and anytime access.
Creating a Google Site
- Students log into Google Apps or Google Account
- Students review the following video’s over creating a Google Site
- Students name their site, choose their theme, and give their site a category
- Sites overview
- How to create a Google Site
- How to share a Google Site
- How to add media to a Google Site
- First, each student names their site with their name, state and the year
- Second, each student gives the Site the category of the teacher’s last name and school year so that students and teachers will easily be able to navigate through their sites in the upcoming years.
Students then create pages for each topic of study
I would recommend each page be a two column layout so the student can have an image and their paragraph on the page.
Students Copy and Paste paragraphs from Google Docs into their Google Site
- Students search for Copyright free images to add to their site
- Add a bibliography page for students to cite their sources
Adding a Quiz to the Home page of the Google Site
- Using Google Docs, the students will create a Form with questions about their state
- Encourage the students to add multiple choice questions. Adding multiple choice questions will allow students to see the summary data in graph format.
- Students will embed the Google Form on the Home Page of their Google Site
Plan a day in the lab for students to visit other classmates web sites and complete the quiz
- At the end of this day in the lab, have the students log back into Google Docs
- Show the students how to view the information in their Spreadsheet from the Form as a Summary
- Students will be able to see how well others did on their quiz.
Example: Final State Research Project Rubric
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