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Take your students on a virtual field trip to learn all about mining! Using a combination of informational text, Google Earth exploration, videos, and visuals, your students will learn about different types of mining, methods, and the history of mining from multiple perspectives. This trip includes underground mining tours through Google Earth!


This virtual field trip covers:

:: What is mining?

:: Different types of mining (mineral deposits)

:: Mining & the role of miners

:: Forty-Niners (49ers) & Gold Rush

:: Types of mining (surface, underground, hybrid)

:: Types of surface mining (open-pit, dredging, quarrying)

:: Modifying the environment

:: Land impacts (reclamation)

:: Cullinan Diamond Mine

:: Quarrying

:: Types of underground mines (drift, slope, shaft)

:: Health impacts (black lung disease)

:: The Rammelserg Mine

:: Underground Carriers

:: Bevans Lead-Zinc Mine

:: Hybrid Mining

:: Mining Careers


This Virtual Field Trip Includes:

:: Informational Text (build background knowledge)

:: Response Questions (EDITABLE)

:: Video Links (YouTube)

:: Google Earth 360-degree exploration

:: 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 videos and Google Earth links. All work is completed digitally. No printing is 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 that you can tailor them to your class needs. Students complete this activity in edit mode of Google Slides.


Standards Alignment:

:: Next Generation Science Standards

:: Common Core Standards for Reading Informational Text

:: Washington Social Studies Standards

:: Can crosswalk to many different standards


Grading Rubric:

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



Please note that video clips are included within the activity. You will want to make sure you have access to the YouTube links before starting this activity. You will also want to ensure you have Google Earth downloaded on devices.


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

Mining Virtual Field Trip (Types of Mining, Underground Mine Tours, Minerals)

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