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Learn about 15 verifiable locations of the Underground Railroad with this virtual field trip. Using a combination of Google Earth™ 360-degree views, video, informational text, and visuals, your students will visit sites from the National Parks Service Network to Freedom as they learn about the Underground Railroad. This virtual field trip has been carefully crafted to address misconceptions and ensure that history is not gamified or trivialized. Click the preview to view more.


This virtual field trip covers:

:: What was the Underground Railroad?

:: Common Misconceptions

:: Today's Terminology

:: Mitchelville Freedom Park (South Carolina)

:: Four Holes Swamp (South Carolina)

:: Ellen & William Craft (Georgia)

:: Historic Brattonsville (South Carolina)

:: Guilford College Woods Underground Railroad Tree (North Carolina)

:: Historic Halifax (North Carolina)

:: Great Dismal Swamp (Virginia)

:: Wickerham Inn (Ohio)

:: Macedonia Baptist Church (Ohio)

:: Bunker Hill House (Ohio)

:: Pettengill House (Illinois)

:: John & Mary Ritchie House (Kansas)

:: Stephen Bogue House (Michigan)

:: Milton House (Wisconsin)


This Virtual Field Trip Includes:

:: Informational Text (build background knowledge)

:: Response Questions (EDITABLE)

:: Google Earth™ Links to 360-degree views

:: Video Links (YouTube)

:: 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 YouTube videos. 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 intended 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 themto 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


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

Underground Railroad Freedom Network Virtual Field Trip (15 Locations)

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