California Gold Rush Virtual Field Trip (Google Earth Exploration)

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Michelle McDonald
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A great visual trip for my students to experience different moments of the gold rush! Students really enjoyed it, and was very easy to go through.
We will definitely be using more of your virtual field trips! The artwork and layout is beautiful and inviting, the links are easy to use and the organization is fantastic. We LOVED this!
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Description

Take your students on a virtual field trip to learn about the California Gold Rush. Using a combination of Google Earth™ 360-degree views, video, informational text, and visuals, your students will travel to 4 boom towns to learn about the gold rush from multiple perspectives.

This virtual field trip covers:

:: Sutter's Mill

:: James Marshall

:: Prospecting for Gold

:: President Polk

:: Mixed Feelings

:: Impact on Indigenous Peoples

:: African Americans and the Gold Rush

:: San Francisco

:: Forty-Niners

:: Modes of Travel (covered wagon, steamboat)

:: Prospecting Hardships

:: Environmental Harm

:: California's Richest Man

:: Rich Bar

:: Winter Weather Hardships

:: Luzena Wilson

:: Louise Clapp

:: Bodie Mining Camp

:: Bodie Town Growth

:: Chinese Immigrants

:: Decline of Bodie

:: Different Perspectives of the Gold Rush

This Virtual Field Trip Includes:

:: Informational Text (build background knowledge)

:: Response Questions (EDITABLE)

:: Google Earth™ Links to 360-degree views

:: Video Links

:: Grading Rubric

:: Everything is set up in Google Slides & ready to go!

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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.

Structure:

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

:: 4th Grade California 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.

Technology:

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: michellemcdonald9515@gmail.com

Thank you!

Michelle McDonald, B.A.E.

Social Studies Education, K-12

Elementary Education K-8

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Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

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