Next year I will not be teaching World Geography as a solitary subject. It will be integrated into a new World History class & also into my U.S. History class. But for the last four years I taught World Geography along side U.S. History and Economics/Government. When I would introduce the subject I would take my 9th – 12th graders on a Google Earth tour of interesting and weird sights that the world has to offer. It was a lot of fun and I was assured it was one thing that would motivate my bunch of sweathogs at alternative school to go home and download Google Earth and do their own searching.
If you teach geography or social studies you might find this kmz file worth your while. It lists about 50-60 cool, interesting, and/or weird things that your students will enjoy. It’s a great way to introduce Google Earth into the classroom and to your students. Obviously, you don’t have to use all 50-60 items and some are so similar that you can use one or two and skip the rest that are similar.
You can find the file here in my Google Drive. Let me know what you think and if you find something cool on Google Earth, let me know so I can include it in my own file. You can also find other Google Earth files you can download from my Google Drive here.