Over the past few years, virtual field trips have become an incredible way to engage students in immersive learning experiences. If you teach Ancient History, you can bring history to life by taking your students on a virtual field trip to the city of Petra. This is an archaeological marvel nestled in the heart of Jordan. Through the power of Google Earth, informational text, videos, and response questions, your students can learn about this ancient wonder and be transported to a world of historical discovery without leaving the classroom.
Petra, sometimes referred to as the "Rose City" due to the color of its intricately carved rock facades, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has a rich history dating back to ancient times and is considered one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. This archaeological site was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom and is known for its stunning rock-cut architecture and intricate water conduit system. Your students will have time to engage in exploration as they virtually explore the Treasury, the Monastery, and other remarkable structures that showcase the architectural ingenuity of the Nabateans.
Integrating virtual field trips into your teaching toolkit offers a wide range of benefits. Students can explore distant lands, fostering a deeper understanding of history, culture, and geography. All of this is important to building background knowledge which is an essential piece of reading comprehension. By leveraging technology, you can create an interactive and engaging learning experience that resonates with your students.
Through this Petra Virtual Field Trip, you can unlock an educational adventure for your students. I've carefully designed this resource to include stunning 360-degree views through Google Earth. With built-in clickable links, students can virtually traverse the intricate pathways of Petra, zoom in on architectural details, and gain a sense of the scale of these ancient structures.
The accompanying informational text and video links provide historical context. The editable response questions included throughout the trip are meant to provide time for deeper thinking and personal connection. If you want to see a look behind the scenes at what's included, I've created a video tutorial you can view on my YouTube channel by clicking HERE.
Bringing history to life for your students is just a click away. I've created this virtual field trip to be low-prep to help you get your time back. If you are lacking curriculum, need sub plans, or are looking for a whole group or partner activity, this virtual field trip is ready to go! This trip is set up in Google Slides with all of the content, clickable links, and questions set up for you. I've also included a grading rubric to make grading quick.
You can find this virtual field trip, along with all of my Ancient History virtual tours in my TPT shop here: Petra Virtual Field Trip