Tour the Freedom Tower with Google Earth Tours
Make a virtual field trip to One World Trade Center, one of the planet’s most famous and newest landmarks. You will be using Google Earth to watch a pre-recorded tour of the Freedom Tower and it’s neighboring structures. The trip through New York City lasts for 3 minutes and 54 seconds.
Making cameo appearances on the trip are the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge, to name just a few.
The product includes a document of about 25 talking points and interesting facts about the tourist attraction and memorial.
The tour is also accompanied by a PDF file that describes what you are seeing based on the corresponding minutes in the video. This is so you can pause the tour at the given time stamp and let the class know what they are looking at.
1. For example the document says at,
“1:18 – 1:31 – The camera travels deeper into the harbor to pause behind the three aforementioned islands and look at the lower Manhattan skyline.
a. The tallest building on the left side of the skyline is the Freedom Tower.
b. The Statue of Liberty is the tiny green object standing up on the small island in the foreground.
c. Brooklyn’s downtown can be seen behind Governor’s Island.”
The tour begins with a view of North America from outer space. You are then zoomed in to the site’s location to see it from a variety of different viewpoints. The angles are chosen so the students can get a good idea of the structure’s location within New York City, as well as, its physical relationship to other landmarks in its vicinity. Finally, you are taken back out to a long shot of North America.
To watch, all you have to do is click on the file, Google Earth will open the tour will start. * Your computer must have Google Earth to watch these tours.
Feel free to visit some other famous landmarks in the Americas.
1. The Golden Gate Bridge (3:29)
2. Chichen Itza (5:38)
3. Niagara Falls (2:10)
4. Panama Canal (3:02)
5. Statue of Liberty (2:07)
6. Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (1:06)
7. Mount Rushmore (3:02)
8. Machu Picchu (5:07)
9. Freedom Tower, aka One World Trade Center
Here are some European landmarks.
1. Stonehenge (3:29)
2. The Acropolis (5:38)
3. The Colosseum (5:38)
4. The Leaning Tower of Pisa (3:28)
5. The Eiffel Tower (3:15)
6. Big Ben (5:12)
7. Notre Dame de Paris (4:20)
Tour some African sites.
1. The Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza (3:15)
These tours work great with social studies lessons about famous landmarks, maps, cardinal directions, etc.
Here are a few links to some helpful tutorials on how to use Google Earth.
How to Use Google Earth For Beginners – by Rick Castellini on YouTube
Beginner Google Earth Tutorial Videos by Google
Beginner’s Guide to Using Google Earth – by The Land Brothers
Please feel free to email me directly at email@example.com if you need any assistance.
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The cover photo is by John Cunniff and has a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. The photo can be found on Flickr @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/johncunniff/19800041149/
Google Earth Tour Map Attribution
Google, Image Landsat / Copernicus
Data SIO, NOAA, U.S. Navy, NGA, GEBCO
Image U.S. Geological Survey
Data LDEO-Columbia, NSF, NOAA