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40 Amazing Educational Virtual Field Trips
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Virtual field trips are a game changer. Not only do they fill in for real field trips when budgets and other roadblocks prevent in-person options, but virtual field trips also open doors to educational experiences all over the country and the world, both past and present. No fundraising or permission slips required!
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1. Amazon Career Tours
Amazon Career Tours are free virtual field trips that inspire students to pursue careers of the future. Tour whenever, wherever on Kahoot! Each tour comes with a Teacher Toolkit that includes a facilitation guide and student worksheets.
- Amazon Fulfillment Center Tour : Explore how packages get delivered at lightning speed and how computer science, engineering, and real people work together to make the magic happen.
- (New!) Data Center Tour 1: Uncovering Cloud Computing : Do students know what “the cloud” actually is? Find out how we went from renting movies at the store to streaming them from anywhere at any time.
- (New!) Data Center Tour 2: Keeping Data Safe and Sustainable : Discover the infrastructure that keeps your information safe and sustainable while diving into data careers of the future.
- Space Innovation Tour : Students will learn about the amazing technology on board the Orion spacecraft in NASA’s Artemis I flight test and hear from the engineers who made it all possible.
There are so many amazing online options when it comes to zoos that we couldn’t narrow it down to just one. Most zoos have live webcams in some of their most popular exhibits, such as the KC Zoo Polar Bear Cam and the Giant Panda Cam at Smithsonian’s National Zoo . However, some zoos offer a more in-depth look. You’ll definitely want to check out the San Diego Zoo as their site for kids includes behind-the-scenes videos and stories, as well as a variety of printable activities and online games. Check out our full list of virtual zoo goodness.
3. The Aquarium
It’s a similar story with aquariums. You have your pick of live webcams, but our favorites are the Georgia Aquarium’s Ocean Voyager webcam (wait for the whale shark!) and the “Jelly Cam” at Monterey Bay Aquarium (so soothing). The Seattle Aquarium even has a 30-minute video tour . Want more under-the-sea fun? Here’s our ultimate list of virtual aquarium field trips.
4. The Farm
The classic preschool field trip goes online! You can have your pick of dairy farm field trips, but we like this one from the Dairy Alliance and this one from Stonyfield Organic . Farm Food 360 gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Canadian farm and food tours—from raising pigs to making milk and cheese. We’re also loving these virtual egg farm field trips from the American Egg Board.
5. An Art Museum
We found 20 art museums with virtual tours , including the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s # MetKids and its awesome Where’s Waldo? setup. And you can’t miss the world-famous Louvre in Paris (no passport needed!). Check out the current virtual tours: Traveling Materials and Objects, the Advent of the Artist, the Body in Movement, and Founding Myths: From Hercules to Darth Vader!
6. A National Park
From webcams at Hawaii volcanoes to a virtual run along the rim of the Grand Canyon , you have tons of options here. Our top pick would have to be Yellowstone. The interactive maps are a great way to see the Mammoth Hot Springs and Mud Volcano, but we think kids will be psyched about the Old Faithful Geyser livestream and the opportunity to make their own predictions for its next eruption . Check out everything the National Park Service has to offer virtually.
7. A Planetarium
Through Stellarium Web , kids can explore over 60,000 stars, locate planets, and watch sunrises and solar eclipses. If you enter your location, you can see all the constellations that are visible in the night sky in your corner of the world.
8. A Recycling Center
Take your students on a virtual field trip of a recycling center and a modern landfill . Plus, there’s a full-on curriculum that includes lesson plans, take-home handouts, and more.
9. Slime in Space
Nickelodeon teamed up with two astronauts on the International Space Station to demonstrate how slime reacts to microgravity and had kids reproduce those same demonstrations back here on Earth. It makes for an amazing 15-minute virtual field trip .
10. Nature Lab
The Nature Conservancy has a brand-new virtual field trip entitled “You’re the Scientist! Citizen Science, Frogs & Cicadas.” Check out their full library of videos on topics like climate change and water security.
11. Discovery Education
Discovery Education hosts a variety of virtual events —each with a companion guide with hands-on learning activities. Current offerings include “Making a New Life: The Courage of a Refugee” and “The Future Is Now” (architectural and engineering innovations). Stay tuned for their upcoming civics virtual field trip, “The American Ideal.”
12. The Great Lakes
This virtual field trip from Great Lakes Now has three components: coastal wetlands, algae, and lake sturgeon. Each video is a quick five minutes long.
13. The Strong National Museum of Play
Explore online exhibits and discover the history and evolution of play. Check out board games that changed play, sports video games that shaped digital play, and the making of Monopoly to name a few.
14. U.S. Census Bureau
Kids can learn about the most recent Census and how census data is collected and used. This virtual field trip also features interviews with subject matter experts and an interactive challenge.
15. National Constitution Center
The “Museum of We the People,” the Constitution Center serves as a “headquarters for civic education.” Check out the Interactive Constitution section , and be sure to watch the virtual tour .
16. The Johnson Space Center
Houston, we have a virtual field trip. Three, actually. All with companion educator guides. The star of the show is the behind-the-scenes tour of the Johnson Space Center .
17. Birthplace of Music
Boise State put together this fully interactive virtual field trip with text, photos, audio, and video about the history of music. The four featured music locations are: Vienna, Austria; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; and Bristol, Tennessee-Virginia.
18. Colonial Williamsburg
This living-history museum provides a look into life in an early American community. The website offers five different webcams featuring areas such as the tavern and the armory.
19. Mount Vernon
This virtual experience of George Washington’s home is incredibly well done. Enter the different buildings—from the opulent mansion to the chilling slave quarters—and click on different items for video and text explanations.
20. Mount Rushmore
This virtual tour comes with a real tour guide! Blaine Kortemeyer is the Assistant Chief of Interpretation and Education, who lends his expertise on the building of this national monument. The 3D Explorer is also an excellent tool.
21. The Manhattan Project
Take a visit to the National WWII Museum for “a cross-country virtual expedition to discover the science, sites, and stories of the creation of the atomic bomb.” Don’t forget to download the classroom guide!
22. The White House
For a look inside the iconic building, check out the 360° tour of some of the most historic rooms of the People’s House, from the Situation Room to the Oval Office. Examine each room and check out the contents up close.
23. The Smithsonian
The National Museum of Natural History’s virtual experiences are self-guided, room-by-room tours of permanent, current, and past exhibits. Be sure to send kids to the second floor Bone Hall so they can take a look at all different kinds of skeletons.
24. Google Arts & Culture
A collaboration with over 1,200 leading museums and archives, Google Arts & Culture is an incredible storehouse of monumental works of art. We recommend the Street View and Play sections.
25. 360 Cities
Boasting the world’s largest collection of 360° image videos, 360 Cities provides kids with the opportunity to see stunning panoramas across the globe, including their video of the ice floe on the Vistula River in Poland.
26. Buckingham Palace
It’s the official residence of the Queen of England, and boy, is it opulent! Get a peek inside the gorgeous Grand Staircase, White Drawing Room, Throne Room, and Blue Drawing Room.
27. The Great Wall of China
See one of the wonders of the world with this amazing, thousands-year-old fortification system known the world over. This virtual tour has four scenes available (you have to pay to get access to all 14). The bird’s-eye view of Mutianyu pass is a highlight.
28. Easter Island
Most of us recognize the giant stone statues of Easter Island, but what’s the story behind them? Nova’s online adventure “Secrets of Easter Island” delves into the mystery with a virtual tour.
29. Son Doong Cave
National Geographic lets you explore the world’s largest cave, located in Vietnam. Use the interactive map to enjoy the fully immersive experience (sound on!).
30. Ancient Egypt
You don’t need a time machine! Discovering Ancient Egypt has a ton of free resources, but it’s the interactive pyramid map and 3D temple reconstructions that really give it a field trip feel.
31. Back Through Time
Virtually visit Turn Back the Clock , a museum exhibit that ran for two years at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Through compelling personal stories, innovative interactive media, and pop culture artifacts, the exhibit takes guests through seven decades of history—from the dawn of the nuclear age to significant policy questions our leaders face today.
No, really! You can absolutely “go” to the red planet. With Access Mars , you can see the actual surface of Mars, recorded by NASA’s Curiosity rover. Trust us—don’t skip the intro. And if your kids liked that, check out this 4K tour of the moon . These may go down in history as some of the best virtual field trips your students get to experience.
33. The Battleship New Jersey
Take a virtual tour of this historical battleship located on the Camden waterfront. This battleship has traveled more miles than any other!
34. The Vatican
No need to travel to Rome! Take in the amazing art and architecture located in the Vatican Museums with these 360-degree views.
35. Space Center Houston
Download the app and climb aboard the virtual tram line! Take a virtual walk through the Space Center Houston with informational stops along the way.
36. The Louvre
Virtually visit museum rooms in the famous Louvre located in Paris. Even check out The Louvre kids’ site for student-friendly galleries and stories. You can’t visit The Louvre without seeing the Mona Lisa , so check out their immersive Mona Lisa experience available in the app store.
37. Ellis Island
This interactive tour of Ellis Island lets students explore places like the Baggage Room and the Stairs of Separation through short stories, historical photographs, videos, and audio clips. Students can also hear the stories of real kids who recently immigrated to the United States, explore colorful charts and graphs with immigration data, and watch a 30-minute movie that includes a Q&A with National Park Service Rangers who explain what coming to America was like for many immigrants.
38. Plimoth Patuxet Museums
Travel back to the 17th century with options for free, on-demand, digital resources or a live, 1-hour virtual school program led by a Plimoth Patuxet Contemporary Indigenous Museum Educator. Students explore Wampanoag daily life and history; discover the real history of Thanksgiving and the legend behind it; meet a 17th-century Pilgrim; get an interactive sneak peak into 17th-century wardrobes; and learn about simple machines and water power at the Plimoth Grist Mill. There are also options for virtual hands-on history workshops, including Wampanoag Pottery and Write Like a Pilgrim.
39. Children’s Museum Houston
When you can’t visit the museum in person, 3D virtual field trips to the Children’s Museum Houston are the next best thing. All videos are produced and curated by museum educators and feature hands-on activities that can be done in the classroom. Topics include nutrition, math, states of matter, forces and properties of water, and more.
40. Museum of the American Revolution
Beyond the Battle Field is a virtual field trip for grades 2-8 hosted by Lauren Tarshis, author of the I Survived historical-fiction series for kids. Students will meet a museum educator as well as the museum curator, and explore artifacts and documents from the American Revolution. Plus they’ll hear the stories of teens who served during the war. There’s also a Classroom Kit available with a vocabulary list and discussion questions by grade level.
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Table of Contents
- 3 Free Virtual Field Trips Zoo and Animals
- 4 The Best Virtual Field Trips to a Farm
- 5 Virtual Field Trips Aquarium
- 6 Community Helpers Virtual Field Trips for Kids
- 7 Virtual Field Trips to Food and Candy Shops
- 8 Virtual Field Trip to Space
- 9 Virtual Field Trips for Learning History
- 10 Amazing National Parks Virtual Tours
- 11 Sports Virtual Field Trips
- 12 Virtual Field Trips to Oceans
- 14 Virtual Field Trips to Kids Museum
Here you will find a list of the best virtual field trips for kids, ranging from preschool and kindergarten to elementary aged children.
These virtual field trips for kids will leave your kiddos learning about animals, history, community helpers, space, national parks, sports arenas, and farms all over the world! The interactive tour with live webcams are a great way to give the kids a closer look at outer space, an animals natural habitat, and our natural world.
Whether for homeschool, preK, kindergarten, first grade, or second grade, you can quickly find great virtual field trips below with the easy-to-find categories. If you’re looking for a middle school and high school appropriate virtual reality field trip, there will be a few to choose from. Otherwise, these are geared towards the younger children. Can’t find what you are looking for? Leave a comment at the end of the post, and I will gladly search for a fun virtual field trip for kids.
Free Virtual Field Trips Zoo and Animals
- San Diego Zoo : Live animal cameras and instructional activities
- Butterfly Garden : Learn all about butterlies with this 9 minute video of the most beautiful butterfly habitats in the world.
- Animal Shelter : This 8 minute video shows the Kidvision kids learning about the animal shelter and how to adopt a pet
- Emerald Hills Animal Hospital
- Dinosaur Exhibit
- Conservation Biology Institute and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
The Best Virtual Field Trips to a Farm
During the Fall, most elementary grades take a field trip to a farm. The most popular guided tour school groups are animal farms, apple orchards, and pumpkin patches. Below are virtual field trip experiences your kids will love!
- Dairy Farm : Complete with a downloadable companion activity to get your kids prepared for the virtual field trip of a dairy farm.
- Animal Farm
- Condee Horse Farm: Meet Shorty in this 8 minute virtual tour of a horse farm.
- Dutch Hollow Farm : 50 minute tour of a dairy farm
- Tailview Farm : A 47 minute tour of the Tailview Farm recorded in 2020
- Bonnie Plants : Home Depot takes kids on a multi-part virtual field trips to see gardens and plants
- Egg Farm Field Trip
Virtual Field Trips Aquarium
- Seattle Aquarium
- Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cam
- Mystic Aquarium
- National Aquarium
Community Helpers Virtual Field Trips for Kids
Most elementary social studies curriculum integrates community helpers! These virtual tours will support your lessons by offering an interactive experience.
- Ft. Lauderdale Children’s Theater
- Airport : Sit in a cockpit, learn how to fuel a helicopter, and visit an airplane museum
- Construction Site
- Bank : Visit the SunTrust Bank with the KidVision kids
- Television Station : An 8 minute video touring a TV studio with Penny. Learn about green screens, sound and audio boards, and much more.
- Recycling Center : Here’s an 8 minute video touring a recycling center
- Library : Learn about putting books in alphabetical order, how to check out your favorite books, and all the other fun parts of a library.
- Post Office : Learn how to mail a letter
- Fire Station
- Whole Foods Grocery Store
- Police Station
- Boston Children’s Museum
Virtual Field Trips to Food and Candy Shops
- Ice Cream Parlor : Visit Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor and learn how to order from a menu, choose your favorite toppings, and more sweet fun!
- Chocolate Factory : Take this fun tour with the KidVision kids and Ms. Penny to see how chocolate is made – from the bean to the candy
- How M&Ms are made
- Bakery: A 7 minute video that will take you to a bakeshop and show how cupcakes are made
Virtual Field Trip to Space
The live videos of space exploration are excellent educational activities.
- Visit the Moon : This 23 minute video will take you on a NASA virtual field trip to the moon.
- Kennedy Space Center
- Virtual Tour of Mars (Access Mars)
- Slime in Space
- Google Earth interactive map to get the google street view of any location in the world, such as the Great Lakes, the Liberty Bell, Mexico City, New York City, or the beautiful Yosemite National Park.
- International Space Station
Virtual Field Trips for Learning History
- Pilgrim Life: Learn about games and chores of pilgrim children in the 1620s
- George Washington’s Mount Vernon
- White House : Take a virtual tour of the white house
- Statue of Liberty
- Railroad Museum : Learn about railroad safety in this 5 minute video by Kid Vision
- Smithsonian National Museum of History : Click to see different areas of the museum as you and the kids walk through this virtual tour.
- Great Wall of China : Although the history behind this extraordinary exhibit is beyond early childhood curriculum, the kids will love the 360-degree view. This virtual tour of the great wall of china would be great when teaching different cultures.
- Mount Rushmore
- Plimoth Plantation: Perfect for your Thanksgiving activities and lessons for kids
- Empire State Building Live Cam
- Ellis Island
Amazing National Parks Virtual Tours
- Yellowstone National Park
- Grand Canyon
- Amazon Rainforest
- African Safari in Etosha
Sports Virtual Field Trips
- Baseball Stadium : This 6 minute video will take you on a virtual field trip to a Baseball Stadium. Meet the team mascot, throw a pitch, and much more.
- Bowling Alley: Join the kids as they go to a bowling alley, learn how to pick out the right ball, and have fun with some strikes!
- Play 60 Football Stadium Virtual Field Trip for Kids
Virtual Field Trips to Oceans
- Hawaii : Learn about Hawaiian art, music, and dance.
- Artic : Explore the arctic for kids and learn about arctic animals and climates
- Coral Reef : See sea turtles, octopus, eels, and more as you explore the coral reef.
Virtual Field Trips to Kids Museum
- Children’s Museum of Atlanta : This was rated amongst the top world-famous museum choices for kids
- Explore STEM and STEAM projects at the National Children’s Museum
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When you can't get away, your kids still can by taking a virtual field trip to a museum, farm, zoo, or another fun location. We compiled our list of favorites to help you keep your kids engaged and entertained. Some of these are virtual tours (you can actively decide where to go on the tour) and others are video walkthroughs (just watch and learn), but all give you a great experience of the location.
Best Art-Centric Virtual Tour: The Met
A glimpse at some of the greatest works of art created.
Online exhibits on various topics.
There's only one view of the museum currently available.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is home to over 5,000 years of art from around the world. You can see some of it from the comfort of your home. Take a virtual stroll through part of the museum using Google Street View. There are also numerous online exhibits on topics like Coco Chanel, Vermeer, Catholic allegory in art, and more.
Best Tour of Space: NASA
The volume of space videos.
The approachable aspect of the videos.
So much more to see on the site.
It's not easily searchable unless you know what you're looking for.
This might be cheating a bit because it's really a collection of videos, but, oh boy, what a collection to tour! The Galleries open up an array of videos covering space topics from testing a parachute for Mars to moving water in space. Each video is a mini virtual tour that will awe kids and encourage interest in science and space.
Best Tour of the White House: Google Arts & Culture's The White House
Stunning 360-degree images.
See inside and outside the White House.
Offers views of 140 paintings.
Once inside a tour, it's hard to know what you're looking at.
No search functions.
Every President since John Adams has occupied the White House and now your children can visit it, too. Google Arts & Culture offers four museum views (three tours of The White House and one of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building) plus a look at more than 140 paintings that grace (or have graced) the walls of the country's most famous abode. The 360-degree images let kids explore to their heart's desire.
Best Cave Virtual Tour: Son Doong Cave
Son Doong is beautiful.
The virtual tour includes lots of information.
Zoom into areas for a more detailed look.
No supplemental online activities.
Son Doong is the world's largest natural cave. Located in Vietnam, it features a subterranean river and the largest cross-section of any cave worldwide. National Geographic's virtual tour lets you explore the cave with full 360-degree views and immersive sounds. You can even zoom in one area to check out the campers in their tents. Son Doong is beautiful and worth a virtual visit.
Best National Park Virtual Tour: Yellowstone
Offers multiple tours.
Lots of historical information.
No video tours.
Lots of written information that can turn off some kids.
Yellowstone offers seven virtual tours appropriate for older elementary and middle school ages. There's a lot of written information along with the images, and the tours aren't in video. However, the information is fascinating, and the photos are stunning.
From learning about old Fort Yellowstone to discovering park anomalies like Mud Volcano, these tours are a great way for kids to discover unique facts about America.
Best Natural History Tour: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
So many exhibits to see!
Easy, clickable maps.
Quick and easy to navigate.
It's not always easy to read the signs in the exhibits.
This iconic museum is dedicated to understanding the natural world and humanity's place in it. There's so much to see it can't possibly be listed here. However, the museum offers an online tour of most of its exhibits. Split this tour up into multiple lessons, so kids don't get overwhelmed.
Skip the ground floor and go straight to the first or second floors.
Best Aquarium Virtual Tour: National Aquarium
Easy to find exhibits.
Fun to explore using the 360-degree options.
Some scenes spin quickly, which can frustrate young learners.
Baltimore's National Aquarium features more than 20,000 aquatic animals. Kids can click and drag images to navigate their way around and use arrows, the map, or a scene list to explore various exhibits. Explore eight areas, such as the Amazon River, a tropical rain forest, and jellyfish.
Best Tours of the World: AirPano
Bright, well-produced videos and images.
Offers tours of numerous countries.
Includes video and still frame-images.
What's not to like?
AirPano has a variety of tours in China, Portugal, Switzerland, and more countries. Children can visit the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge in China, an underwater cave in Indonesia, ski resorts in France, and more destinations around the globe.
What makes this site so good is that it offers narrations of several tours, provides closeups through interactive actions, and includes short chunks of written information that's easy for kids of most ages to read. The tours are also fairly short, which makes these tours great for younger kids, but older kids will still enjoy the trip.
Best Virtual Tour for Car Lovers: Lane Motor Museum
Totally unique tour.
An inside look that allows for deep diving into collections.
There's no way to tell what a specific vehicle is unless you know cars.
Scroll to the bottom of the link to watch a fun virtual tour of one of the most unique car museums in the world. Lane Motor Museum is home to an oddball collection of vehicles dating from the 1920s up to modern times.
Your child will love seeing amphibious vehicles, microcars, prototypes, and more. The tour is easy to click through and offers six angles to entertain viewers.
Best Tours of Nature: Nature Works Everywhere
Tours are narrated and easy to follow.
Provides student handouts, vocabulary, and discussion questions.
We wish there was a larger library of tours!
Explore nature around the world with Nature Works Everywhere's virtual tours. Visit the coral reefs of Palau, the deserts and grasslands of Africa, a rainforest (from a canoe's viewpoint), a renewable energy plant, and more.
The tours are narrated and give great, quick facts to help kids learn in simple, straightforward ways. All tours are appropriate for grades 3 through 12 but are marked with notes about the grades most likely to enjoy the tour.
Best Historical Tour: Ellis Island
A clear explanation of Ellis Island, how it worked, and why it was needed.
Includes children asking questions of tour guides.
The images in much of the tour are small in order to focus on the tour guides.
Ellis Island is a key piece of American history. This virtual tour offers lots of anecdotes and features actual guides from Ellis Island telling stories. Plus, it includes lots of pictures and views of the island.
It's more appropriate for fourth grade and up, mainly due to the litany of facts and complexity of the information provided.
Best Slime-Based Virtual Tour: Slime in Space
It's playful and educational.
Good production values.
It's a video, not an interactive virtual tour.
What happens to Nickelodeon's iconic slime when it's in space? That's the concept behind the Slime in Space virtual field trip. Featuring real astronauts and Nickelodeon celebrities, the 15-minute video shows kids how slime and water react in a microgravity environment 250 miles above the Earth. Along the way, it answers burning questions like, "Is slime a solid or a liquid?" and "Can you slime a person in space?" (The answer is: yes, very slowly.)
Best Virtual Zoo Tour: San Diego Zoo
Live cams of the animals.
A variety of educational videos.
Fun games and activities.
Fixed camera angles mean you're not always guaranteed to see the animals.
The San Diego Zoo is home to more than 3,500 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. It's widely considered one of the best zoos in the world. But, if you can't make it to California, it has a robust virtual experience online.
You can peek in on the animals through live cams. There's also a variety of videos that teach kids about vultures or show them how to draw a tiger, for example. There are also zoo-related games and activities kids can do at home.
Best General Farm Tour: FarmFood 360
360-degree views of the farm.
Offers a free app for Android and iOS.
It can be hard to see things on a mobile device.
FarmFood 360 gives an inside look at the activities of a Canadian farm. Kids see 360-degree views of the farm as they learn about milk and cheese production, sheep farming, egg processing, and more.
There's an app available for Android and iOS devices, and it's compatible with some virtual reality headsets.
Best Virtual Planetarium: Stellarium
Realistic night sky simulation.
Mobile apps are available.
Includes a telescope control module for experienced astronomers.
Can be difficult to navigate.
The mobile apps aren't free, but the money supports the project.
Stellarium Web is an online planetarium created by two brothers. Offering an accurate and realistic view of the night sky, it lets you pan around and spot stars, satellites, and other celestial bodies.
It offers mobile apps for Android and iOS that aren't free. The money goes toward paying server and development costs for the two-person project.
Best Living-History Virtual Tour: Colonial Williamsburg
Next best thing to being there.
The virtual scavenger hunt.
The virtual tours are highly interactive.
Virtual tour models can load slowly.
Condensation or inclement weather can obstruct the webcam views.
Colonial Williamsburg is a living-history museum in Virginia that offers a glimpse at what life was like in the 18th century. Its virtual tour is highly interactive and includes videos, informational signs, and 3D models you can rotate.
With its various webcams, you can see the armory, courthouse, merchants square, and more. Colonial Williamsburg's website also offers a virtual scavenger hunt your kids can participate in as they tour the area.
Best European Museum Virtual Tour: The Louvre
It's the Louvre.
The website offers a list of online family-friendly activities.
The virtual tours include a map and an information button.
The website offers limited language options.
Sure, we'd love to jet off to France and tour its fabulous museums personally. But if that's not an option, the Louvre has several virtual tours available on its website. The offerings include exhibitions on the body in movement, founding myths, Egyptian antiquities, and more.
The Louvre also has a handy list of family-friendly online resources everyone can enjoy, including a Mona Lisa VR experience.
Best Factory Virtual Tour: M&M Factory Tour
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Who doesn't love chocolate?
360-degree views of the factory.
The Food Network teamed up with candy maker Mars to give M&M fans a virtual tour of one of its factories. During the short YouTube video, viewers can pan around as a tour guide explains how unrefined chocolate is turned into the little candies we know and love.
Best General Virtual Tour Resource: Discovery Education
An eclectic variety of virtual field trips.
Watch live or on demand.
Trips come with a companion guide packed with activities.
A schedule of when field trips go live would be nice.
Discovery Education offers a variety of virtual field trips for kids learning from home. The offerings change often but currently include an NFL experience, a doodling experience meant to encourage creativity, and a virtual field trip through the internet of things. You can watch the field trips live or catch the videos later on-demand.
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6 Free Resources for Virtual Field Trips
Teachers can use panoramic photos and videos of locations all around the world to make lessons more engaging.
How can you take students around the world without moving very far? If you haven’t yet, it’s worth trying virtual field trips and excursions. Now more than ever, these resources allow students to experience spaces they might not otherwise get to see, and there are many ways to introduce them to students as they explore a topic.
Virtual field trips can help students explore a new space, build vocabulary and background knowledge, and expand their world view. Whether you want to explore the setting of a novel, introduce a place-based math problem, or make connections to current events, virtual field trips can expand upon traditional lessons in many ways. One of the reasons I love them so much is that they allow students to view a space that piques their curiosity and provides context for their learning.
The term virtual field trip can be used to describe not just 360 degree photos and videos but also the live interactions and video conferences you might set up with a subject matter expert like an author or museum docent. Flipgrid (one of my favorite tools) hosts a handful of these types of virtual field trips .
6 Ways to Set Up Virtual Field Trips
The list of free virtual field trip resources here is adapted from my ISTE Live presentation in December 2020. Students can access these resources without logging into a new website—teachers can post the link to a 360 degree panoramic image or interactive experience in a platform students already use, making it easy for them to access in both traditional classroom settings and at home.
1. AirPano : This site includes 360 degree videos and images from around the world. You aren’t required to create an account—you can just jump in and start searching. When you’re ready to share with students, there is a link you can copy and paste or an embed option if you’re adding a widget to a site of resources. If you’re looking for international locations, AirPano is a great choice for exploring outdoor spaces, including Machu Picchu in the daytime, or the northern lights at night.
2. Google Maps Treks : In combination with Google Maps and Earth, Treks organizes content in an easy-to-navigate way. There are Treks for places around the globe, including the U.S. and Canada, Egypt, Nepal, and India. Each one has information and videos for students to explore.
3. National Geographic : National Geographic’s YouTube channel transports students all over the world to learn about different cultures, foods, animals, and more. Have students press play on the video, and as the video begins, they can use their cursor or trackpad to spin the video in different directions. They can tap on one part of the screen to move the video back and forth as they learn about a new place.
4. Nearpod : Known as an interactive presentation tool, Nearpod has virtual reality content built into its platform in the form of 360 degree panoramic views, which can be used as a great pre-reading strategy to introduce a new book or spark discussion about a social studies or science topic. To use these interactive experiences with your students, insert them into any Nearpod lesson in the same way you would add a slide or poll. (Please note: Nearpod also offers a paid plan with additional amenities.)
5. 360Cities : This collection of stock 360 degree images has lots of user-uploaded resources. There is a special school version that allows you to introduce students to more dynamic learning experiences; it has features such as a guided tour creator.
6. Google Arts and Culture : This tool has a variety of high-quality content, including interactive views that let students walk through notable spaces such as museums and explore examples of beautiful architecture like the Alhambra in Spain. You can let students know that this resource is mobile-responsive in addition to working on a web browser—they can access the content on a smartphone or tablet, or their Chromebook or laptop.
Engaging Students With Guided Questions
Set a purpose for students as they explore these resources by using prompts to guide their excursions. Potential prompts include:
- What do you think the weather is like in this place?
- How do you think someone captured this moment?
- What might be missing from this shot?
I’ve put together more prompts here .
If building student vocabulary is a primary goal of introducing virtual field trips to your students, you can point out different objects in the panoramic views or ask students to find certain features. For example, imagine students are learning about geological features and you take them on a virtual field trip to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Together you can discuss vocabulary like crater , steam vent , and igneous rocks .
When sharing with students, include a prompt or question and post the link and task into a space they already have access to, such as Google Classroom, Seesaw, or Schoology. If you’re sharing a list of resources for students, colleagues, or families that includes some of these virtual excursions, you might curate a list of favorites using a tool like Google Sites, Spark Page, or Microsoft Sway.
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These experiences are unlike others out there. We have custom built a virtual reality environment that invites engagement with our educators and enables interactive discussions among classmates.
Virtual Experience Options
Sizing up our solar system.
Groups experience the size and scale of our solar system directly—by using an avatar to “walk” around models of the planets, moons, and other solar system objects and noticing the differences between them. Being able to explore in three dimensions also creates opportunities for students to interact with each other more like they would in a physical space—they can have small group discussions, linger on items that interest them, and make discoveries with their friends. This experience is created with NGSS space science standards for middle school in mind, especially MS-ESS1-3 .
Climate Change & Me (coming soon!)
Climate change is something that affects us all; this experience is designed to engage students with the potential we have to positively address climate change. Students will explore different environments in small groups. In each environment, students will be presented with a specific, past event caused by climate change. They will then be asked to consider a number of solutions, make a choice about how they would respond to the event, and then learn the outcome of their choices. The session will include immersive NASA visualizations and interviews with scientists, engineers, and activists to understand the impact we can have. This virtual learning experience is made possible in part thanks to a grant from NASA.
These virtual learning experiences are designed for 5th–8th graders! Your group will have the virtual space (and the attention of our educators) all to yourselves as you learn and explore together in our unique VR-style environment. After you register, we will send you a teacher guide with all the information you’ll need, plus a student guide and extension activities for before and after the experience to help you make the most of this cosmic classroom getaway.
A sneak peek of these virtual experiences in our virtual environment is coming soon!
For K-4th grade students, the Adler is now offering guided tours of our virtual learning experiences through a video call. Head on over to this page for those details.
Here’s What Educators and Students Are Saying About Their Experience
“I thought this was such a cool way to still experience the Adler Planetarium and gain information in a different format/platform. It really breaks up the monotony of the everyday schedule.”
“ We loved being able to “go up close” to the planets. I was amazed our field trip guide knew so much about every planet and moon!”
$200 per group (up to 35 participants)
Includes a 45–60 minute session plus a teacher guide, student guide, and extension activities for pre and post experience.
Sessions will begin October 3 and will run through June 7 on the following days/times. Check the calendar in the registration link for most up-to-date availability.
Tuesdays: 9:30, 11:00, and 1:30
Wednesdays: 9:30, 11:00, and 1:30
Fridays: 11:00 and 1:30
*All times listed are Central Time
If a time slot is not available when you go to select during checkout, then it has already been booked.
Registration must be booked two weeks in advance to allow for coordination. Please refer to our refund and cancellation policy in the FAQ section should you have related questions.
About the Adler’s Virtual Learning Experience Technology
The Adler’s v irtual learning experiences are conducted in Mozilla Hubs, a VR-style platform that is accessible through each participant’s web browser. You don’t need to download special software or acquire special equipment! You can use a desktop computer, laptop, Chromebook, tablet, or mobile devices. The experience runs best on laptop and desktop computers and in Chrome and Firefox browsers. More details here!
Your group will access the experience via a private link, so you will have the virtual space all to yourselves! You and any other participating adults are asked to take the lead on group expectations and management while participating in the experience.
Adler is a Tier 1 Chicago Public School vendor .
- The Adler’s virtual learning experiences are designed to work on a variety of devices, but desktop and laptop computers provide the best experience.
- The registrant is also responsible for verifying with their organization’s IT representative that their internet connection is sufficient, both in bandwidth and in latency, to support their full group engaging in the session simultaneously. A minimum download bandwidth of 5Mbps per participant (ex- for 35 participants, 175Mbps) and a latency under 25ms are needed.
- The registrant is responsible for verifying that all participants’ devices are able to access the experience before booking. To test, please visit this public test demo room created by Mozilla and this reticulum.io link . In the reticulum.io link , you should be able to view a video, but there is no sound.
- Firefox and Chrome browsers are strongly preferred.
- All registered participants should have access to an individual device to access the virtual learning experiences.
Who is the Audience for These Virtual Learning Experiences?
Immersive virtual learning experiences are designed and recommended for 5th–8th grade classes.
For younger students (K-4th), our educator guides your group through our Mozilla Hubs virtual environment and content on a video call. For more information and to book head over to this page.
Free Virtual Learning Experiences
The Adler Planetarium is pleased to offer free virtual learning experiences to any school where 51 percent or more of the student population comes from low-income households. There are a limited number of free field trips available and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. One free field trip per class, availability permitting. To apply for a free virtual learning experience please complete this form , and one of our educators will provide you with a code to input during registration.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Virtual learning experiences at the Adler are completely new, designed from the ground up with remote learners in mind. You and your students will visit a 3D immersive model of the Adler Planetarium’s beautiful exterior and surrounding grounds, a setting made for learning about our solar system and exploring planets like you’ve never seen them before! And, in our newest offering, you and your students will take a deep dive on the effects of climate change and the impact we can have to positively make a difference.
How much does it cost?
A virtual learning experience is $200 per session for classes up to 35 participants for our immersive-style sessions. Includes a 45–60 minute session plus a teacher guide, student guide, and extension activities for pre and post experience.
What should I do to plan for the experience? Is it moderated or will I need to create my own lesson plan?
It is moderated live by an Adler educator. Meet them here ! During the virtual learning experience, teachers will be responsible for student management, but the experience will be led by Adler staff. Pre- and post-experience activities and a how-to guide are included. It will be important to prepare yourself and students using the how-to guide—this is a very different experience from the video chats everyone is used to!
Do students need to be all in the same place?
No! Thanks to the magic of the internet, students can join the experience from anywhere using a unique URL during your scheduled time period. See technology requirements below.
How long is each experience?
The immersive style sessions last from 45 to 60 minutes. If you have a time limitation, we can work with you! Let us know at [email protected] after booking.
What should I expect my students to learn during one of these experiences?
In the Sizing Up Our Solar System virtual experience, immersive session groups will experience the size and scale of our solar system directly—by using an avatar to “walk” around models of the planets, moons, and other solar system objects and noticing the differences between them. Being able to explore in three dimensions also creates opportunities for students to interact with each other more like they would in a physical space—they can have small group discussions, linger on items that interest them, and make discoveries with their friends. This experience is created with NGSS space science standards for middle school in mind, especially MS-ESS1-3 .
In Climate Change & Me, this virtual experience is designed to engage students with the potential we have to positively address climate change. Students will explore different environments in small groups. In each environment, students will be presented with a specific, past event caused by climate change. They will then be asked to consider a number of solutions, make a choice about how they would respond to the event, and then learn the outcome of their choices. The session will include immersive NASA visualizations and interviews with scientists, engineers, and activists to understand the impact we can have.
What age range or grade level is this appropriate for?
Our immersive style sessions are designed for 5th-8th grade students, while our video call style sessions are for K-4th grade students.
We look forward to creating more virtual learning experiences for a wider range of students. If you would like to help Adler as we develop programming and resources for teachers and students, please join the Teacher Evaluator Group !
How can I schedule one of these virtual learning experiences?
Click on this registration form to book!
What happens after I register?
You’ll receive an email confirming the date and time of your booking as well as pre- and post-experience activities and a how-to guide.
It will be important to prepare yourself and students using the how-to guide—this is a very different experience from the video chats everyone is used to!
I’m not in the Chicago area, can I still schedule a virtual learning experience?
Yes! While the Adler’s primary educational audience continues to be Chicago-area schools, a completely online experience means your class can attend from anywhere.
Are there accessibility options?
Because Mozilla Hubs is a new application, accessibility features are not yet available to us. Please email us at [email protected] with your specific needs so we can talk further.
What is the capacity?
For the best experience with our immersive style virtual learning sessions, we recommend a cohort of around 25-30 people. We’ve found that video and audio quality are significantly affected when there are between 30–35 people in the space. If your class is on the large side, we encourage you to consider booking two sessions.
What is your rescheduling and cancellation policy?
The registrant is responsible for verifying that all participants’ devices are able to access the experience before booking. To test, please visit hubs.mozilla.com and this reticulum.io link . In the reticulum.io link, you should be able to view a video, but there is no sound.
The registrant is also responsible for verifying with their organization’s IT representative that their internet connection is sufficient, both in bandwidth and in latency, to support their full group engaging in the session simultaneously. Blocked access or insufficient internet connection do not qualify the registrant for a refund or a reschedule, should they prevent the session from occurring. Please note: Adler’s virtual learning experiences use Mozilla Hubs, a new, still developing, open source platform. Our team will work to adapt and troubleshoot unforeseeable technology challenges if they occur during a session to provide the best experience possible. In case of sound impacts, the Educator will continue the experience via the chat function with continued student participation. Outages are uncommon but possible. If an outage prevents a session from happening, Adler will work with the registrant to reschedule.
Terms of the Teacher Acknowledgement Form also apply.
Can I schedule an in-person field trip?
For more information about our in-person field trip options, please click here .
What payment types do you accept?
At this time, we accept credit card payments only.
What other resources are available for educators like me?
We love to support educators however we can. Visit our educator hub for space resources to help supplement your classroom curriculum.
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Unless you live in Pennsylvania, you probably can’t load the school bus and head to the Museum of the American Revolution.
I had the privilege of visiting this top-notch museum during a family vacation soon after they opened in April 2017. If you ever have the chance to visit in person, this museum is simply amazing. They even have George Washington’s field tent.
Since I can’t take my students to the museum, the next best thing is doing a virtual field trip while we are studying the American Revolution .
The Museum of the American Revolution has two great (and FREE) options for virtual study: A Virtual Field Trip and a Virtual Museum Tour.
Beyond the Battlefield: Virtual Field Trip
This online field trip, hosted by I Survived author, Lauren Tarshis, is geared toward students and takes them through an engaging tour of the American Revolution.
In addition to the streaming field trip, the page linked below contains a link to a classroom kit. I definitely recommend that you download this kit because it has a vocabulary list and discussion questions for grade bands 2-4, 4-6, and 6-8.
Link to Beyond the Battlefield: A Virtual Field Trip
How does this virtual field trip work in my classroom?
The cool thing about virtual field trips is that I can use them face-to-face in my classroom or I can create virtual learning plans using these resources.
- If possible, we read I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 by Lauren Tarshis (linked below), either as a classroom read-aloud or in book clubs. (For more information on setting up and using history book clubs, click here.)
- We watch the 25 minute virtual field trip.
- I assign the appropriate discussion questions to students or groups of students.
Virtual Museum Tour
The museum’s collections are online in a virtual museum tour format. It’s just like walking through the museum because you can choose to look closer or “zoom out.” There are a lot of great view options, like Tearing Down the King, Winter Patriots, War at Sea, and more.
Link to the Virtual Museum Tour
The museum provides four guiding questions for students to consider as they look at the galleries. I use these questions with my students to help them analyze the information and displays.
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I want to thank you for sharing all your resources. Never before has it been more important for teachers to unite for the better good of our millions of students who are learning from home. Educators such as you, have selflessly and tirelessly sent resources, lesson plans, online tips, etc. my way and I am truly grateful. I have a child of my own at home and we begin her online schooling this week. I know it would be overwhelming without teachers like you sharing what you have to make planning lessons less stressful and time consuming. Thank you for all you are doing as an educator, to make this difficult time a little easier.
You are so welcome, Nina! I sincerely appreciate your kind words and compliments. I wish you all of the best in your home learning efforts. I’m sure you will do great! Your daughter is fortunate to have such an involved mama.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU for sharing. This is great for my ESL students
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Fifth grade is an exciting time for children as they start to gain independence and explore their interests. Planning engaging and educational field trips is an excellent way to enhance their learning experiences. This article will highlight some of the best in-person and virtual field trip options for fifth graders that are both fun and enriching.
In-Person Field Trips:
1. Local History Museum: Museums provide an immersive learning experience, allowing students to have hands-on interactions with history, art, and science. A visit to a local history museum can help students understand and appreciate their community’s past while connecting it to the present.
2. Nature Preserve or Wildlife Sanctuary: Exposure to nature provides numerous benefits for children’s emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Nature preserves or wildlife sanctuaries give students the opportunity to learn about ecosystems, conservation efforts, and observe wildlife in their natural habitats.
3. Planetarium: A trip to a planetarium introduces students to astronomy concepts, sparking curiosity about the cosmos. They’ll learn about stars, planets, constellations, and space exploration through interactive exhibits and captivating shows in the planetarium dome.
4. Art Studio or Theatre Workshop: A visit to a local art studio or theatre workshop allows students the opportunity to explore creativity through various art mediums or learn about dramatic arts by participating in interactive workshops led by professionals.
5. Science Center: Science centers feature numerous interactive exhibits that cover a wide range of subjects including physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. Children can participate in hands-on experiments that pique interest and foster deeper understanding of scientific concepts.
Virtual Field Trips:
1. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Students can experience virtual tours of this popular museum’s aerospace exhibits which include iconic aircraft and spacecraft like the Apollo 11 Command Module or the Wright brothers’ first airplane.
2. The Louvre Museum: T hrough the museum’s online exhibitions, students can explore Egyptian antiquities, the world-famous Mona Lisa, and other notable artworks from the comfort of their homes.
3. San Diego Zoo’s Animal Cams: Bring the excitement of wildlife observation to your classroom with live cameras streaming on various animal habitats within the San Diego Zoo. The zoo is home to over 3,700 animals, offering children a unique opportunity to learn about different species and their natural environments.
4. Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Live Webcams: The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s webcams allow students to explore marine life through live streams featuring sea otters, penguins, sharks, and more. This virtual experience helps them understand ocean ecosystems and the importance of marine conservation.
5. Yellowstone National Park Virtual Field Trip: Students can explore this iconic national park virtually through interactive maps, videos, and photos that highlight its natural wonders like Old Faithful geyser or the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
With a wide variety of in-person and virtual field trip options available for fifth graders, teachers and parents have numerous opportunities to engage their students in fun learning experiences that enhance classroom education. Whether it’s exploring local institutions or distant wonders of nature, field trips strengthen students’ knowledge and understanding while providing unforgettable memories.
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Video length: 15:54 minutes.
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Rome: The Eternal City
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Video length: 23:20 minutes
National Parks - West: Wyoming & Utah
Introduce your students to the magnificent landforms throughout the National Parks in Wyoming and Utah. In Wyoming, we’ll gaze in wonder at the drama of the Grand Teton Mountain Range, as we also find out about fault-block mountains. We’ll contrast that experience with the ever-moving, always-changing landscapes of Yellowstone N.P. including the “Old Faithful” geyser. Moving on to Utah, we’ll compare and contrast 3 National Parks – Bryce, Zion, and Arches National Parks. We’ll see how erosion and ancient salt beds have created these wondrous sites.
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National Parks - West: Nevada & California
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Video length: 26:41 minutes
Ancient Egypt: Land of the Pyramids
Let’s have a close-up look at the magnificent structures that the Ancient Egyptians have left behind for us to marvel over, even thousands of years later. Pyramids, Sphinxes, and many, many temples delight our senses as we take this trip back in time to the Land of the Pyramids.
Video length: 19:51 minutes
Amazon Rainforest (Grades 5-9)
Introduce your students to the layers of the rainforest and the animals who live there. Explore the adaptations that have evolved over time to make for a successful existence of life in the rainforest.
Video length: 21:58 minutes.
La Selva Amazonica (Spanish)
Presénteles a sus alumnos los estratos de la selva y los animales que la habitan. Explore las adaptaciones desarrolladas a lo largo del tiempo para lograr la prosperidad de la vida en la selva.
Video length: 19:20 minutes
Galapagos Islands (Spanish)
Absolutamente únicas y encantadoras, las volcánicas Islas Galápagos proporcionan una cautivante aventura zoológica diferente de cualquier otra. Iguanas marinas pastando en el fondo del mar, pinzones vampiro, tortugas gigantes y muchos otros animales proporcionan unas vistas fascinantes de la adaptación y la supervivencia en este ambiente hostil y de otro mundo.
Tokyo: City of Contrasts
Tokyo is both steeped in ancient history, and yet one of the most modern and trendsetting cities in the world. Visit the juxtaposition of old and new that embraces both neon and nature.
Video length: 11:35 minutes.
We would like to welcome you to the beautiful and diverse country of Cuba! Our comprehensive video explores many of the fascinating aspects of this picturesque nation. Geography, politics, history, economy, culture, and natural history are many of the topics we explore, along with others.
Video length: 25:20 minutes
Amazon Rainforest: People & Threats (Grades 5-9)
Meet the people who have called the Amazon rainforest home for centuries. Learn about the threats facing all who live there and how everyone can help overcome these challenges.
Video length: 15:06 minutes.
Amazon Rainforest: People & Threats (Grades 2-6)
Video length: 12:40 minutes.
Grade 4: Northeast Region of the U.S.
Video Storyline : Let’s take a trip back and forth in time to learn how the Northeast region became the place it is today. Along the way we’ll look at the natural resources, geography, history, and economy of the area to help us understand how the people and the places have developed over time.
Video Length: 37:05 minutes.
Grade 4: Southeast Region of the U.S.
Video Storyline : Take a tour of the Southeastern states as we go back in time to look at this region as the early colonists did. Along the way we’ll look at the geography, history, and economy of the area to help us understand how the people and the many natural resources have helped to shape its development over time.
Video length: 15:22 minutes.
Grade 4: Southwest Region: Early Beginnings
Video Storyline : Let’s take a trip back in time to learn how the Southwest region came into being. We’ll look at the landforms, geography, natural resources, climate, history, and economy of the area. Students will gain an understanding of how the region became the place it is today.
Companion video to Southwest Region: Today
Video Length: 34:20 minutes
Grade 4: Southwest Region: Today
Video Storyline : Let’s take a tour of the Southwest region. We’ll explore many of its larger cities and see some of the features that make them each unique. Next, we’ll explore both the natural and manmade landmarks of the region, along with its famous people, food, and celebrations.
Companion video to Southwest Region: Early Beginnings
Video Length: 32:55 minutes
Grade 4: Midwest Region: Early Beginnings
Video Storyline : Let’s take a trip back in time to learn how the Midwest region came into being. Along the way we’ll look at the landforms, natural resources, history, and economy of the area to help us understand how the Midwest region became what it is today.
Companion video to Midwest Region: Today .
Video Length: 32:25 minutes.
Grade 4: Midwest Region: Today
Video Storyline : Let’s take a tour of the Midwest region. We’ll explore many of its larger cities and see some of the features that make them each unique. Then we’ll explore the landmarks of the Midwest, both the natural and the manmade.
Companion video to Midwest Region: Early Beginnings.
Video Length: 21:04 minutes.
Grade 3 - The First Americans
Video Storyline: Let’s go back to a time when there were only Native Americans in the U.S. We outline some of the major tribes, their housing, and way of life. We then meet Pocahontas and the first Europeans. Moving forward, we explore early settler life and then the events that led to the Declaration of Independence, and the Birth of the U.S.
Video length: 14:12 minutes.
Grade 3 - How The Country Was Settled
Video Storyline : Explorers like Daniel Boone helped many of the early pioneers move Westward. President Jefferson arranged for the Louisiana Purchase which doubled the size of the new country. Lewis and Clark mapped the new areas, and with the help of Sacagawea, established the Oregon Trail. Eventually the transcontinental railroad made migrating westward easier. Other inventions made life easier and created many jobs for the new immigrants and people who moved from the South with the Great Migration.
Video Length: 12:02 minutes
Grade 3 - The Geography of Our Communities
Video Storyline : Our communities play many roles in our lives, because this is where we live, play, work, and help out. Communities can differ by their size – urban, suburban, and rural. Communities are spread around the 5 regions of the U.S,. which have different land forms and types of natural resources. Humans sometimes adapt themselves or their environments when they have to, but need to exercise care in making changes.
Video length: 17:55 minutes.
Grade 3 - How Government Helps Our Communities
Video Storyline : Introduce your students to the 3 branches of government and the roles performed by each. They will also hear about their state and local governments. Lastlly, they will begin to understand that they are citizens with rights and responsibilities.
Video length: 14:03 minutes.
Grade 3 - A Country of Cultures
Video Storyline : The U.S. has a rich and diverse cultural heritage. Some of our heritage comes from the Native Americans. We’ve also been culturally enriched by the immigrants that have moved here. From all these groups we’ve learned about new customs and cultures.
Video length: 18:53 minutes.
Grade 2 - Land and Water Around Us
Video Storyline : Earth is made up of many types of both land and water. We also find different types of landforms and natural resources. We change the land around us with our building and creating. We also use a lot of our natural resources, but have to learn to protect the ones that can run out.
Video length: 15:16 minutes.
Grade 2 - Early Americans
Video Storyline : Families long ago used to live on farms and grow their own food. Transportation was slow and life was hard. Settlers began to arrive and everyone had to obey the rules of the King of England. People felt he was unfair and decided to fight for their freedom from him. They won, and created a new country with new leaders.
Video length: 7:45 minutes.
Grade 2 - Our Government At Work
Video Storyline : When America was a new country its leaders created a plan called the Constitution. Our leaders, lawmakers, and judges still use this plan today.
Video length: 12:45 minutes.
Grade 1 - The Earth Around Us
Video Storyline : People live in communities, where change happens every day. Around us we see a variety of land and water types which have helped to create our natural resources. We can also see changes around us throughout the four seasons.
Video length: 8:08 minutes.
Grade 1 - Families and Neighbors
Video Storyline : Families make up the backbone of our society, and have different customs. We share these customs with others with our celebrations. Many of the people that immigrated here brought many things with them, along with their customs.
Video length: 6:55 minutes.
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Exhibitors wanted: Hokie for a Day field trips
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From: The Center for Educational Networks and Impacts
Exhibitors are invited to share brief, engaging tabletop experiences for fifth-grade learners at Wednesday Hokie for a Day field trips. Student clubs, grant-funded projects, outreach classes, labs, and researchers are invited to present. Hokie for a Day exhibits may be part of a grant's Broader Impacts. More info .
Hokie for a Day field trips bring fifth-graders from local Title 1 schools to Blacksburg for a college orientation, an academic expo, lunch at D2, and a visit to the athletics region. The academic expo hosts five or six exhibits and takes place between 10 a.m. and noon at the Moss Arts Center. Field trips occur most Wednesdays during the fall and spring semester. Open spring dates are Feb. 7 , Feb. 21 , Feb. 28 , March 13 , April 3 , and April 10 .
Exhibitor slots are open until filled. Apply here .
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