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Mulready Elementary School
Hudson, MA

   Principal: Charlene Cook
   Teachers: Julie Ann Spang, Linsey
                    Colarulo, & Susan Hehir

    Students: Grade 3

Project Title: Journey Through Historic Hudson, Massachusetts
Primary/early elementary grade students, ages 6 - 8, from Mulready Elementary School in Hudson, Massachusetts, combine social studies with technology skills as they learn about their own town. The students conducted research, personal interviews, and visits to some historical locations in their community. They learned how the past history of the town affected the current town. They studied the buildings and geography of Hudson. Students recorded what they learned through digital photographs, video, and written notes. Using the outlines and grahpic organizers provided by their teachers, they created a tour of Hudson, MA in Google Earth. As a culminating activitiy, the students and their teachers visited the historical locations they learned about.

We are part of "Google Historical Voyages and Events," a site dedicated to showcasing teacher and student projects related to history. Students, ages 6 - 8, have cataloged historic sites in their community including the First Methodist Church, Curley home, Hudson Power and Light Building, the Goodale House, and the former train station. Download their Google Earth KML to see their final project.

Project Includes:
  1. Lesson Overview: The lesson integrates technology with social studies and language arts. Students learn about the history
    of their town through a combination of research and personal interviews. Students record what they learn through digital photographs, video, and written notes.

  2. Objective: Students will create their own tour of the town using Google Earth. As a culminating activity, the students visited
    the historical locations they studied with their teachers.

  3. Goal: The students will work collaboratively to create a "Google Earth Tour" of the places they researched. They will
    use online tools to gather and share information. They will use teacher-developed guidelines to evaluate multimedia presentations
    for organization, content, design, presentation, and appropriate use of citations.

  4. Instructional Strategies: Students will learn key concepts of how the past history of their town affects the present. They will
    post their final project on "Google Historical Voyages and Events," a global history project, so all members of their community
    may view their work as well as learn about other students' communities.

  5. Materials: Internet browsers, Google Earth, Google Image Search, Citation Machine, digital cameras, flip videos, wireless
    laptops, synchroneyes

  6. Procedure:
    Students work in groups. Each group will research one historical location prior to the execution of the lesson. They will
    take notes on the "Note Fact Sheets" found in the Instructional Strategies portion of the lesson. They conduct one or more video-taped interviews with local historians. Their research and digital media are used to develop multi-media placemarks within
    Google Earth, which serves as a Google Earth history trip though Hudson, MA. Students are assessed for willingness to work
    cooperatively in a group, completion of the assigned tasks, editing efforts, appropriate use of citations, and presentation skills.

                 Lesson documents and Learning Standards are provided below.

    Click on Links Next To Picture To Download Final Project.
    Project Opens In Google Earth.
         View Final Project in Google Earth
    1. Click here to DOWNLOAD kmz
      file which will open in Google Earth
    2. You will need to have Google Earth
      installed on your computer.
         Link to Lesson Documents:
    1. At bottom of this page
    2. Click on icons of documents, or
    3. Click on hyperlinks in procedure outline below
    Journey Through Historic Hudson, Massachusetts
    Hudson, MA, is a community of about 18,000 people, located west of Boston, MA. Hudson's downtown area recently experienced a renovation with a number of improvements as part of the initiative. The town is comprised of people from different ethnic backgrounds, bringing a breadth of culture to the community. Students' prior knowledge of their community is varied. One aspect of the unit is to have students interview "community experts" who live in Hudson in order to gather information and do their research. The list of "experts" includes Selectmen, the owner of a local farm, the co-founder of the Hudson Food Pantry, school personnel who emigrated to the U.S. from Portugal, and other individuals whose families have lived in the community for more than two generations.
    Final Product:
    Students in Grade 3 work collaboratively and summarize their research and interviews. They will post their findings in a Google Earth "tour," which can be viewed online. Students work in groups to create placemarkers in Google Earth and include images, video, and text about their historical sites. They use video taped interviews with community experts to augment the information. Google Earth will show where each site is located within Hudson, MA.
    Lesson Plan
    m1. Students in 3rd grade have already undertaken the study of a number of skill and content specific information that        will serve as a foundation for this unit
    m2. Classroom teachers are responsible for teaching the students about Hudson's past.
    m3.  Students learn how to conduct interviews of the community "experts."
    m4.  Students learn how to video tape the interviews of the community "experts."
    m5.  Students are assigned groups and research specific locations in Hudson
    m6.  Students learn how to use Fact Sheets to gather information: interviews conducted, books used, images used, and         websites accessed for information. All Fact Sheets require students to list information they are using.
    m7.  Teachers introduce Google Earth and Google Search Engine to students.
    m8. Students learn to add placemarkers, images, video, and text. Students learn to cite sources and create citations.
    m9. Students access and post to the class wiki to define roles and access tutorial information on how to create their
    piece of the Google Earth tour. Students learn how to perform their specific roles for the class project:
            - historian
            - videographer
            - editor
    10. Students create collective placemarkers for Google Earth that include video, images, text, and citations
    11. Students are challenged to write about Historic Hudson, MA, by creating a brochure for the Hudson Chamber of       Commerce. 
    12. As an extension of the project, students will add a community service learning aspect to their project by sharing       what they have learned with other elementary students in Hudson who also study the same unit. They will do this       via video conferencing or in person. The students will also provide their Google Earth tour to the Hudson
    Historical Society, the town, and the library for possible posting on their websites.
    Google Tools Used: Search Engine, Maps, and Docs
    m1.  Students did research using the Google Search Engine
    m2.  Lesson plan and lesson documents were uploaded to Google Docs. Documents:
     - have searchable text
    - can be accessed online by other teachers and students
    - can be downloaded and printed
    - can be emailed to others
    m3. Students summarized their findings in a collaborative, class project using Google Earth:
    Students insert placemarkers in Google Earth, for the town of Hudson, MA
    - Placemarker "pins" indicate where each historic site the students researched can be located on the map
    - Students insert images, videos, and text
    - As visitors click on each placemarker, the placemaker windows open, and the students' finished projects can be     viewed
    Lesson Plan and Other Documents
    m1.  Lesson Plan
    m2. Learning Standards
    m3.  Journey Rubric
    m4.  Website NoteFact Sheet
       5. Class Wiki used to define roles and access tutorial information
    School Webpage on "Google Historical Voyages And Events"
    The students' project is summarized on a webpage which is found by clicking on the project title from the "History Of Your Community" page of the "Google Historical Voyages and Events homepage."
    Culminating Activities
       1. As a culminating activitiy, the students and their teachers visited the historical locations they learned about.
       2. As an extension of the project, students will add a community service learning aspect to their project.
    Lesson Plan
    Website NoteFact Sheet
    Journey Rubric
    Learning Standards
    Class Wiki

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