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Take your students on a virtual field trip to learn about Mount Rushmore National Memorial located within the Black Hills of South Dakota. Using a combination of Google Earth™ 360-degree views, video, informational text, and visuals, your students will learn about the history and significance of this U.S. landmark.


This virtual field trip covers:

:: Geographic location

:: What is Mount Rushmore?

:: Shrine of Democracy

:: The Sculptor, Gutzon Borglum

:: Choosing the Mountain

:: Sioux Land

:: The Initial Design

:: The Workers

:: Getting to Work

:: The Mountain Top

:: President George Washington

:: President Thomas Jefferson

:: President Theodore Roosevelt

:: President Abraham Lincoln

:: Construction Phases

:: The Hall of Records

:: Completion

:: Differing Perspectives


This Virtual Field Trip Includes:

:: Informational Text (build background knowledge)

:: Response Questions (EDITABLE)

:: Google Earth™ Links to 360-degree views

:: Panorama Tour

:: 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

:: National Council for the Social Studies Standards

:: Washington State 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 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, 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

Mount Rushmore Virtual Field Trip (U.S. Symbols, Monuments, Landmarks)

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