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Take your students on a virtual field trip to learn about the 21 California Missions. Using a combination of Google Earth™ 360-degree views, video, informational text, and visuals, your students will travel to all 21 missions throughout the chain to learn about the history of this period from multiple perspectives. Over 100 slides! 


This virtual field trip covers:

:: Stop at all 21 missions in the order they were founded

:: What are Missions?

:: Indigenous Peoples

:: Traditional Quadrangle Design

:: Bell Tower Significance

:: El Camino Real

:: Push and Pull Factors

:: Secularization

:: Indigenous Lands Recognition

:: Highlights of Indigenous Ways of Knowing

:: Native Voices

:: Cultural and Religious Practices

:: Art Work & Indigenous Painting

:: Agriculture & Ecological Impacts

:: Rebellion and Resistance

:: Identity Development

:: Land Loss

:: Mission status today

:: Ancestral Links



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

:: 4th Grade California State 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


California Missions Virtual Field Trip (All 21 Missions Included)

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