Tour The Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza with Google Earth.
Make a virtual field trip to one of Africa’s most famous landmarks; The Pyramids of Egypt and giant Sphinx. You will be using Google Earth to watch a pre-recorded tour of the Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre, Menkaure, as well as, the Great Sphinx. The trip lasts for 3 minutes and 15 seconds.
The product includes a document of about 40 talking points and interesting facts about the ancient Egyptian site.
The tour is also accompanied by a pdf 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.
For example the document says at, “:26 – :39 – The camera zooms all the way down and positions itself above the ancient necropolis. The three pyramids and their companion structures are all clearly in view.
a. The western edge of Cairo is on the left of the screen. The river like line that meanders in between two of the pyramids is a walking path created for tourists.
b. Khufu’s Pyramid is the on the northern side. Khafre’s is in the middle and Menkaure’s is the small one to the southwest of the other two.
c. The Great Sphinx is located due east of Khafre’s Pyramid. Follow the white line (the causeway) heading east and you will see it.”
Finally, a very brief PowerPoint can be found in the product that illustrates and describes the basic structures of a pyramid complex.
The tour begins with a view of Africa from outer space. You are then zoomed in to the site’s locations to see it from a few different viewpoints. The angles are chosen so the students can get a good idea of the four structures’ locations, as well as, their physical relationships to each other in their setting. Finally, you are taken back out to a long shot of Africa.
To watch, all you have to do is click on the file, Google Earth will open and you will be taken on a short trip to the World Heritage site. * 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.
All my PowerPoints can be found on this Pinterest Page.
The cover photo is by Walkerssk and has a Creative Commons license. The photo can be found @ https://pixabay.com/en/giza-pyramid-pyramids-of-giza-egypt-1756946/
Google Earth Tour Map Attribution
Map Data: Google, Image Landsat / Copernicus
Data SIO, NOAA, U.S. Navy, NGA, GEBCO
Image U.S. Geological Survey
US DEPT of State Geographer
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