Google Earth Tour of the Statue of Liberty
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 famous site in the New York Harbor. The video lasts for 2 minutes and 7 seconds.
The product includes a document of 15 talking points and interesting facts about Lady Liberty.
It also provides a pdf with some basic information on what you are looking at 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 18 seconds – “ :18 - Liberty Island is the island directly in the center of the screen. It is the smallest of the three islands in the bay. The other two islands are Ellis Island and Governor’s Island.”
The video 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. Next, you will see the statue from street view as you get a panoramic view of the statue and it’s surroundings. 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 (2:07) visit to the bronze statue. * Your computer must have Google Earth to watch these tours.
Feel free to visit some other famous landmarks in North America.
1. The Grand Canyon (1:37)
2. The Golden Gate Bridge (1:46)
3. Chichen Itza (1:36)
4. Niagara Falls (1:21)
5. Panama Canal (3:02)
6. Statue of Liberty (2:07)
7. Ole Faithful in Yellowstone National Park (1:26)
8. Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (1:06)
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
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