I have noticed that my students love checking out their houses on google map (street view). Use this activity to hook them into the global read-aloud book"The Bridge Home" by Padma Venkatraman. The story is set in India. Kids will explore the streets of India and compare it to their own street. The lesson's objective is to build curiosity, some background knowledge and to practice writing a compare and contrast paragraph. To create this lesson, I used a protocol from the Eduprotocol book by Marlena Hebern and Jon Corippo
Here is the link to my lesson that includes the instructions and the transition words. Feel free to make a copy of this lesson and tweak it to your students' needs and interests. Please leave me a comment or feedback that I can add to this lesson.