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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 Western 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 Western Theater.


This virtual field trip covers:

:: What was the American Civil War?

:: Opposing sides

:: Military theaters

:: Significance of western theater

:: Western theater map skills (drag & drop)

:: Fort Henry & Fort Donelson

:: Tennesse River & Cumberland River

:: Soldier life between battles

:: Civil War rations

:: Battle of Shiloh

:: Shiloh Indian Mounds

:: Corinth Railroad Junction

:: Capture of New Orleans

:: David G. Farragut

:: African Americans and Union camp refuge

:: Emancipation Proclamation

:: African American enlistment

:: Battle of Perryville

:: Ambulance Corps

:: Women nurses & Susie King Taylor

:: Battle of Stones River

:: Middle Tennessee

:: Women of the Civil War

:: Siege of Vicksburg

:: Illinois Memorial

:: Battle of Chattanooga

:: Chickamauga

:: Drummer Boys

:: Battle of Mobile Bay

:: Sherman's March to the Sea

:: Kennesaw Mountain

:: Atlanta & Savannah

:: Andersonville National Historic Site

:: National Women's Relief Corps


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 5th grade U.S. History


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: Western Theater Virtual Field Trip (Google Earth)

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