Regions of North America Virtual Field Trip (Google Earth Exploration)

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Michelle McDonald
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3rd - 4th, Homeschool
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60 pages
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This was a great activity to do as a whole class or assign parts for the students to explore on their own.


If you are looking for an interactive way to learn about the regions of North America, this virtual field trip uses Google Earth panoramic views, short video clips, and informational text and visuals to investigate the physical, political, and cultural characteristics of the regions, places, and people in North America. Your students will complete this digitally using Google Slides. No printing necessary. Great for distance learning.


Your students will learn and explore the 5 regions of North America:

1. Western Region

2. Great Plains Region

3. Canadian Shield Region

4. Eastern Region

5. Caribbean Region

This virtual field trip covers:

Maps (past and present)

Compass Rose

Amerigo Vespucci

Indigenous people (First Nations, American Indians)

Rocky Mountains (Mt. Elbert)

Cascade Mountains (Mt. St. Helens)

Sierra Madre Mountains

Sierra Mountains (Mt. Whitney)


Great Plains (agriculture)

Bison & Plains Indians

Ontario (lakes)

Hudson Bay (polar bears)

Baffin Island

Appalachian Mountains (Mt. Mitchell)

Atlantic Coast & Newfoundland


Immigration (colonial days & Ellis Island)

Transatlantic Slave Trade

Caribbean Islands (Antigua & Barbuda)

Coral Reefs (climate change)

Central America

Mayans & Chichen Itza


Complete Digitally:

You will receive a PDF with a link to access the Google Slides presentation. All of the links are included, and students will type their responses directly into Google Slides. All of the text boxes are included and ready to go.

Please note:

Your students will need to use Chrome as their browser to access Google Earth. If using a tablet or smart phone, the Google Earth app will also work just fine. Your students will also need access to YouTube.

Standards Alignment:

This resource is aligned with the Washington State Social Studies Standards for 3rd Grade Geography:

  • G1.3.1 Examine and use maps and globes to understand the regions of North America in the past and present.
  • G1.3.2 Investigate the physical, political, and cultural characteristics of places, regions, and people in North America

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Thank you!

Michelle McDonald, B.A.E.

Social Studies Education, K-12

Elementary Education K-8

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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