Take your students on a virtual field trip this Earth Day! Using a combination of Google Earth™ 360-degree views, informational text, video, and visuals, your students will learn about the availability of natural resources, the occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate that have influenced human activity.
This virtual field trip covers:
:: What is Earth Day?
:: Great Barrier Reef (coral bleaching)
:: Great Pacific Garbage Patch (ocean plastic pollution)
:: Amazon Rainforest (deforestation)
:: Dehli, India (air pollution)
:: Mozambique, Africa (freshwater access)
:: The Arctic (shrinking sea ice, drilling)
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!
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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.
:: Next Generation Science Standards Earth and Human Activity
:: Common Core Standards for Reading Informational Text
:: Washington Geography Standards
:: Can be used as a cross-curricular activity as it fits many different standards
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™ 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. Your students will also need access to YouTube to view the video clips. Video clips are editable.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle McDonald, B.A.E.
Social Studies Education, K-12
Elementary Education K-8
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