Tour the Eiffel Tower with Google Earth (03:15)
Make a virtual field trip to one of Europe’s most famous landmarks; the Eiffel Tower. You will be using Google Earth to watch an aerial tour of the iconic French structure.
The product includes a document of 15 talking points and interesting facts about the famous tourist attraction.
It provides 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, “2:36 – 2:49 – You are now looking directly at the monument from atop the Champ de Mars. You can see the tower’s three floors, which each house a restaurant. Believe it or not, a few pilots have actually flown planes through the lower arches. A famous WWII American pilot, named William Overstreet Jr., chased a Nazi pilot through the arches and shot him down as he was exiting the tower.”
You will also receive a folder entitled “Spherical Panorama photos of the Eiffel Tower.” This folder contains files that will take you to real world panoramic “street view” photographs of the building and its surroundings. *These were not taken by me and are not to be considered a part of the product. They are only included to help you organize and view the site better.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any assistance.
The cover photo is by EdiNugraha and has a Creative Commons license. The photo can be found @ https://pixabay.com/en/the-eiffel-tower-french-eiffel-103417/
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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