Take your students on a virtual tour to learn about the geography of West Africa. Using a combination of Google Earth™ 360-degree views, informational text, video, and visuals, your students will learn about and explore 5 geographical locations. This trip includes: the Sahara, Niger River, Gulf of Guinea, Djenne-Djenno, and Timbuktu.
This virtual field trip covers:
:: geographic location of West Africa
:: regions of Africa & ancient kingdoms
:: map skills (drag and drop & fill in the blank)
:: Trans-Saharan trade
:: Niger River & Niger Inland Delta
:: Gulf of Guinea
This Virtual Field Trip Includes:
:: Informational Text (build background knowledge)
:: Map Skills (drag and drop)
:: Response Questions (EDITABLE)
:: Google Earth Links to 360-degree views
:: Video Links
:: Grading Rubric & Answer Keys
:: 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.
:: Common Core Standards for Reading Informational Text
:: Washington State Social Studies Standards for 6th grade World Civilizations.
:: Tennessee 7th Grade World Civilizations 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. An answer key is also provided for the drag & drop map skills slides.
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.
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Michelle McDonald, B.A.E.
Social Studies Education, K-12
Elementary Education K-8
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