Creating a Google Earth Project
Download Google Earth
Follow the steps to install.
The Sidebar of Google Earth is shown here.
The Search box allows you to search and
“fly to” any location. Simply type the
location into the box and click Enter.
The Places section displays the places,
tours, kmz files that you have used and
saved in GE. This is where you will save
the locations you want students to explore
and where you will create a folder for your
The Add Content link will bring up a listing
of various tours that have been created for
GE. A tour can be opened or saved and
will appear in the Temporary Places folder.
The Layers section allows you to view (or
not) various geographic landmarks in GE.
Many tours that have been created for
Google Earth will tell you what layers need
to be turned on in order to make the tour
To begin your project, determine a list of locations
that you wish to explore. The list in this example is
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Enter the first location in the “Fly To” search box.
When you arrive at the location, add a placemark
to the location by clicking the “Add Placemark”
icon on the toolbar at the top of the screen.
When the “New Placemark” box appears, type in
the name and click OK.
Proceed to the next location and add a placemark
and a name. Repeat in the order you want the
tour to proceed.
The placemarks will show in a list in the Places
section of the GE sidebar.
To add content to each placemark, right-click on
the placemark name in the list. Choose
“Properties” from the menu.
Enter the information you want in the Description
To format the text and insert pictures or links, you must use HTML code. The commands listed below are the most
commonly used and should do most everything that you need. You MUST use the < and > symbols (called tags)and
some commands require an opening tag <> and a closing tag </>
Command Description Example Result
<b> </b> Bold text <b>bold text</b> bold text
<i> </i> Italic text <i>italic text</i> italic text
<p> no Inserts a line (paragraph) Text<p>Text Text
closing tag break
<img Insert an image (from a web <img src=
src=”…”> site) See below… http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e3/Kheops-
To insert a picture into your Google Earth
placemark, you will need to find it on a web
site (and make sure that there are no
copyright issues on the picture).
Find the picture you want and right-click on
it. Choose Properties and then highlight
and copy the Address (URL) for the picture.
Go to your GE placemark, right-click and
choose Properties. Do the following:
1. Type <img src=”
2. After the “ paste the copied
address for the image
3. Close the quote mark
4. Close the tag >
5. Click the OK
When you click on the yellow push-pin icon
the following box will appear.
After you have created all of the placemarks and added the content to the locations you are visiting you will need to
create a folder and put the placemarks inside.
At the top menu in Google Earth, click Add
Name the folder and enter a description.
The folder will appear in your Places.
The placemarks that you created are
showing right above the folder in the list.
Drag each placemark into the folder. Folder (closed)
This shows the open folder with placemarks
Placemarks inside folder
To save the tour, right-click on the folder
and choose “Save Place As…”
Name the file (make sure it is a .kmz or.kml)
and click Save.
When you open the .kmz file you created
you will see it appear in the list of
Temporary Places on the sidebar.
Expand the folder to see the list of GE
Double-click the yellow push-pin icon to fly
(or zoom in) to the placemark location.
After you fly to the location, double-click
the placemark and the additional content
After exploring the first placemark continue on to the next. Google Earth will fly/zoom to the location and the
content can be explored as before.
There are more advanced features available in Google Earth (using different placemark icons, placing image overlays
on locations, options for flying to locations at different angles, etc.). The links below are some additional resources
for exploring these features as well as lesson ideas for using Google Earth.
Google Earth Lessons - http://gelessons.com/
Real World Math - http://realworldmath.org/Real_World_Math/RealWorldMath.org.html
Google Lit Trips - http://www.googlelittrips.org/
Juicy Geography - http://www.juicygeography.co.uk/