Google Earth: A Great Geography Tool

There are endless possibilities for using Google Earth in the classroom.

America's Favorite Landmarks & Google Earth

Since Google Earth allows you to explore the world from your computer, have your students take a tour of America's favorite landmarks including, but not limited to:

  • Liberty Bell/Independence Hall - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Statue of Liberty/Battery Park - New York, New York
  • Jefferson Memorial - Washington, DC
  • Grand Canyon - Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • Mount Rushmore - Keystone, South Dakota
  • Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco, California
  • Pearl Harbor - Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Empire State Building - New York, New York

After taking a remote tour of the landmark, have your students decide which they like best, then research its history, how it has evolved through the years, etc. For a more rounded worldview, have your students complete this same task with the "Seven Wonders of the World".

Other Topics

Lesson Planet's teacher contributor Karen Ganzel has put together a wonderful geography lesson plan using Google Earth and other fun, attention-getting resources. Be sure to check out her full article at Lesson Planet!

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