National Parks Virtual Field Trip: Visit 5 Parks Across the U.S. (Google Earth)

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Michelle McDonald
Grade Levels
5th - 8th, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • Zip
  • Google Apps™
  • Internet Activities
  • Webquests
35 pages
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What educators are saying

Love using these to allow my kids to discover different parks in their own and then dig deeper once we visit them.
Make sure your school let's you use Google Earth - Once we were able to access the students loved the activities!!!


Take a virtual road trip to learn about the top 5 most visited National Parks in the United States! Students will use Google Earth and multiple print and digital sources to quickly draw information to answer questions pertaining to the National Parks. This activity includes both print and digital options.

Students will learn about the following:

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park

How it Works:

Students begin by reading a one-page passage about a National Park to build background knowledge before using the 360-degree features of Google Earth to explore the parks and answer the questions on their Park Pass. In addition, students will navigate to the National Parks website to learn more.

This lesson can be conducted over the course of a week, with students spending time exploring one park per day. Students will fill out a road map throughout the trip to track their location.

What’s Included:

  • Teacher Set-Up Instructions
  • Reading Passages (each park included)
  • Park Passes (all student instructions are included)
  • Road Map (students label their road trip locations on the map)
  • Extension Activities (analyze the text)
  • National Parks Labels (manila folder labels if using print version)
  • Assessment
  • Answer Keys
  • Grading Rubric
  • Google Slides Edition
  • Google Earth Reference Sheet

Answer Keys & Extension Worksheets:

All answer keys are provided, a grading rubric is included, as well as 2 extension worksheets where students analyze the reading passages. The extension printables work well as a wrap-up activity. A Google Slides edition is included so that the pages can be completed digitally.

Technology Needed:

Students will need access to Google Earth, and the websites provided. You will want to ensure ahead of time that your school’s server does not block the websites. Also, websites change from time to time. I have done my best to include questions that will make sense even if a website changes, however, I will also do my best to ensure that this resource is up to date and reflects any major website changes.

This resource is aligned with the following standards:

:: Common Core Reading Informational Text

:: Washington State Geography Standards

:: Can crosswalk to many different state standards

If you have questions, feel free to reach out prior to purchasing. I can be reached directly by email at:

Interested in a different virtual field trip? Check this one out:

Seven Natural Wonders of the World

Thank you!

Michelle McDonald, B.A.E.

Social Studies Education, K-12

Elementary Education K-8

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Total Pages
35 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
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.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


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