Virtual Field Trip Challenge

     Children love to go on field trips!  Through technology we can take children on field trips without even leaving the classroom.  You can explore and see places that you could not physically take your class.  You can explore volcanoes, Egyptian ruins and ancient Rome, to underwater caves.  Geography, Eco-systems and land formations of the world is made real as technology is used in the classroom.  The possibilities are endless! 

    Using Google Earth is a creative way to take a virtual field trip and allow your students to experience places that they can only dream of.  As a teacher you can challenge your students to endless possibilities as you investigate, explore, and travel through, around, and above the Earth.  Google Earth is a way to create curiosity in a child which can only lead to further learning. 


Social Studies:  Grade 3

Standard 1
Students will understand how geography influences community location and development.


Objective 2
Describe how various communities have adapted to existing environments and how other communities have modified the environment.

  1. Describe the major world ecosystems (i.e. desert, tropic, grassland, mountain).

 


     Virtual Field Trip Plan

   

 Virtual Field Trip Location

 Learning Activity

 Google Earth Layers/Tools
(Use one media item, one layer and one tool in each location)

 1  Arizona's Sonora Desert

 Take a photo tour around the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.  It is a world-renowned natural history museum and botanical garden! The students will locate, observe, and identify 3 different plants and 3 different animals while viewing the desert through pictures. They will write down what they have found in their Eco-system book that we are creating.

 

Questions to ask the students:  

What is different/same in this desert then you thought?

Did it look like a desert?

How did the plants and animals have to adapt to live in the hot desert?

What do humans do to make it possible to live in the desert?

 

To find out more about the museum go to:

Photo Source

 

http://desertmuseum.org/

 Make sure that all the layer buttons are clicked off then check the Photo Layer.      Look for the rose colored pushpin and text.

 

L-Photo

M- Embedded photo 

T- Path

 2.  Costa Rica Cloud Cover  rain forest

 Tropical rain forests are one of nature's treasures, and many of them are now at risk. We have already destroyed half of the world's original tropical rain forests! Just in a few decades, we can possibly witness the complete elimination of the world's rain forests. Using the 360 Cities explore the forest from the floor to the ceiling. 

Questions to ask the students:
What is different/same in the rain forest then you thought?
How did the plants and animals have to adapt to live in the rain forest?

What do humans do to make it possible to live in the rain forest?

How can you help save the rain forest?
Why should we protect our rain forests?
Why do humans modify ecosystems?


Sounds of the Rain forest

 

 Make sure that all the layer buttons are clicked off then check the 360 Cities.

Look for the rose colored pushpin and text.

 

L-360 Cities

M-video

T-

 3.  Alps  Mountains

 Mountains are a common sight on this planet. They make up one-fifth of the world's landscape, and provide homes to at least one-tenth of the world's people. Furthermore, 2 billion people depend on mountain ecosystems for most of their food, hydroelectricity, timber, and minerals. All mountain ecosystems have one major characteristic in common--rapid changes in altitude, climate, soil, and vegetation over very short distances.

Using the elevation tool at the bottom of the page click and view several different heights of the mountains that you see. Record them in your ecosystem books.

 

Questions to ask the students:

What is different/same in the mountains then you thought?

How did the plants and animals have to adapt to live in the mountains?

What do humans do to make it possible to live in the mountains?

Why should we protect our mountains?
Why do humans modify mountains?

Photo Source


http://library.thinkquest.org/11353/ecosystems.htm


 Make sure that all the layer buttons are clicked off then check the gigapan Photos.

Look for the rose colored pushpin and text. There are two gigapan icons here, be careful and choose the Alps.

 

 

Make sure the weather layer is checked.

 L-Weather

M- Picture

T-



Virtual Field Trip of Ecosystems

Using Google Earth 


Image Source  To download field trip click the link in attachments.

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