Find examples of that phyla/class of organism and where they live. You will be making a google earth layer. Keep track of the places they are found as you will be adding placemarks and using links and pictures along with an abstract. Your google earth layer will be placed on your video page.


  • Each person will find 10 different organisms (find a variety of different organisms and in a variety of locations) - If your group researched two different phyla (for ex. Porifera and Cnidaria), one student will find 10 organisms for the one phylum while the other finds 10 organisms for the second phylum. If your group has one phylum only (ex, Insects), each person finds 10 organisms for a total of 20 from your group.
  • Location for each of the species (be exact). You will put a placemark here.
  • 2 links: one to an article or webpage about the organism (wikipedia is acceptable), and another that is a link of interest (magazine article, biology site, national geographic, etc.) The link of interest can be different places these organisms have been found, conservation issues, articles about the organism,etc.
  • A picture (must exist online and have a weblink directly to it - in other words, you click on the picture and it takes you to a page with just the picture and no words). I suggest you use wikipedia for your picture - you can use this as a copyright free picture as long as you link back to the original article the picture came from!
  • An abstract that provides a description of the organism and how it is adapted to live in the place you are locating the placemark.

How to:

We will start in google maps so we can share with the other classes and combine our placemarks. When done we will save in google earth.
Written directions below video. View how-to video:
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Start in Google Maps - see below for example pictures.
1. Log into Google Maps (http://maps.google.com).
  • Use Your Google/Gmail account or make one there
2. Click on the My Maps tab.
3. Click Create a New Map.
4. Give your map a Title and Description. Make the title the Class or Phylum you are using.
5. Find a spot on the map and click on the Placemark Icon.
6. Give your Placemark a Title and change the icon if you desire by clicking on it.
7. Click Rich Text and add your description in the box.
8. Add a picture by clicking on the Picture Icon. (The picture must be already online somewhere, such as Flickr.)
9. Continue to add Placemarks, Lines, or Polygons by using the other icons.
10. Once your are finished click Save and finally click View in Google Earth
11. A KML file with the same name as your map will be downloaded onto your computer
12. Find the file and double click on it. It will open in Google Earth. From there you can edit the file further.

What a google earth layer looks like:

Here is an example google earth file and will be similar to what we are creating:

Example pictures:

  1. Create placemark first
  2. enter your text
  3. highlight the words that will be your link, click the link icon, and enter the url in the popup box
  4. add your picture last below your text.
  5. Once you save (click done) and then click on your placemark, it looks like this: