Make a virtual field trip to one of North America’s most famous landmarks. You will be using Google Earth to watch a pre-recorded tour of the arch, which lies on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. The video lasts for 1 minutes and 6 seconds.
The product includes a document of 15 talking points and interesting facts about the symmetrical arch.
It also 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 45 seconds – “:45 – As you look right through the middle of the arch, the Old Courthouse is the smaller white domed building nestled in the middle of downtown St. Louis.”
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 few different viewpoints. You will see The Old Courthouse, Busch Stadium, The Old Cathedral Museum, and much more. 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 and you will be taken on a short (1:06) visit to the sleek parabolic shaped arch. * 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)
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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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