Tour the Statue of Liberty with Google Earth Tours
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 Lady Liberty as she proudly stands in the New York Harbor. Making cameo appearances on the journey are the Freedom Tower, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Empire State Building, to name just a few. The trip through NYC lasts for 3 minutes and 10 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 1:05 seconds –
"1:05 – 1:18 – The tour takes you down to the entrance of New York Harbor.
a. The bridge in the middle of the screen is the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and it connects Brooklyn and Staten Island over a straight of water called the Narrows.
b. The Manhattan skyline is on the eastern side of the harbor and Jersey City’s skyline is on the western side.
c. The Statue of Liberty is the teeny tiny green dot right in front of downtown Jersey City.”
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 variety of different viewpoints. The angles are chosen so the students can get a good idea of the structure’s location within New York City, as well as, its physical relationship to other landmarks in its vicinity. 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, Google Earth will open the tour will start. * 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
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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
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