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If you are studying the American Civil War, this interactive virtual field trip will help your students better understand the battles in the Eastern Theater. Using a combination of Google Earth™ 360-degree views, video, informational text, and visuals, your students will learn about and visit historical sites pertinent to the Eastern Theater.


This virtual field trip covers:

:: What was the American Civil War?

:: Opposing sides

:: Military theaters

:: Eastern theater map skills (drag & drop)

:: Battle of Fort Sumter

:: Different soldier experiences

:: Native Americans and the Civil War

:: First Battle of Bull Run

:: Judith Henry House

:: Women of the Civil War

:: Battle of Harpers Ferry

:: Shenandoah Valley

:: Harpers Ferry Armory

:: Battle of Antietam

:: Photography and the war

:: President Lincoln & Emancipation Proclamation

:: African Americans and the Civil War

:: Battle of Fredericksburg

:: Marye's Heights & Rappahannock River

:: Battle of Chancellorsville

:: Flanking movement

:: Battle of Gettysburg

:: Little Round Top

:: Siege of Petersburg

:: Trench warfare

:: Appomattox Courthouse

:: General Ely S. Parker

:: Gettysburg National Cemetery & Gettysburg Address


This Virtual Field Trip Includes:

:: Informational Text (build background knowledge)

:: Response Questions (EDITABLE)

:: Google Earth™ Links to 360-degree views

:: Video Links

:: Grading Rubric

:: Everything is set up in Google Slides & ready to go!




How it Works:

This virtual field trip can be conducted teacher-led or shared with students through Google Classroom as an independent assignment. Everything is set up for you. This resource is LOW PREP and would even make great sub plans. Student directions are found within the lesson, and direct links are included to specific Google Earth™ locations and videos. All work is completed digitally. No printing necessary.



This virtual field trip is structured. This means that the informational text and links are meaningful and are meant to lead students to think critically as they respond to the questions throughout the virtual field trip. This is also a great way to keep students accountable as they learn and explore. All response questions are EDITABLE, so you can tailor to your class needs. Students complete this activity in edit mode of Google Slides.


Standards Alignment:

:: Common Core Standards for Reading Informational Text

:: Washington State Social Studies Standards for U.S. History

:: Tennessee Social Studies Standards


Grading Rubric:

A grading rubric is included which assesses: accuracy, thoroughness, validity, and writing conventions. Answers will vary throughout, as students are recording their observations and findings.



Please note that students will need to access Google Earth™ and YouTube to complete this assignment. Google Earth™ can be accessed on a desktop using Chrome as the browser. If using a tablet or smartphone, simply download the Google Earth App before starting the virtual field trip.


If you have questions, feel free to reach out prior to purchasing. Looking for another virtual field trip that you don’t see? Let me know! I can be reached directly by email at:


Thank you!

Michelle McDonald, B.A.E.

Social Studies Education, K-12

Elementary Education K-8

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American Civil War: Eastern Theater Virtual Field Trip (Google Earth)

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