Today my fifth graders and I took a virtual field trip to Louisiana, Montreal, and Mexico City. We saw how the European colonization that began in these places 600 years ago had a lasting effect on language, architecture, food, and traditions.

Our trip began using Google Earth. We started at our school and zoomed out to see our state, country, continent and hemisphere.

Discussion Google Earth Screenshot.PNG

Then we stopped at each city of our journey and watched a video tour at each.

Discussion YouTube Screenshot

After the tours, we worked in small groups to read details about the effects of European colonization and answer questions about what we read.

Discussion Handout Screenshot

As students found new information, they added it to the graphic organizer on the SmartBoard.

Effects-Euro-Explore-5B (1)

We ran out of time to finish today, so we are looking forward to completing our exploration and graphic organizer tomorrow!

UPDATE March 31, 2017 12:33a.m.

When we had our next class, we re-designed the mind map to match the subheadings of a section of the text. Unfortunately, we had very little time to devote to it today.



2 thoughts on “An Advanced Organizer & Virtual Field Trip Aid Understanding of the Effects of European Colonization on the Americas

  1. Hello!
    It seems that your lesson was very well-thought out and executed! I love that you used the Smart Board. Unfortunately, mine is out of commission at the moment, so that was not an option for my lesson and I had to improvise. Did you have students come to the front and add to your graphic organizer? Moving forward, I think I would try out the program you used to make this organizer, especially if I wanted to do the lesson as a whole group effort. Was it user-friendly? Were the students able to navigate it easily? This organizer is very easy to read an follow and does not look too overwhelming. “A learning environment integrates a variety of tools supporting multiple functions: learning activities, interaction,
    assessment, and navigation. Therefore, the idea of environment includes the concept of integration,” (Hamdi & Hamtini, 2016). I believe that your lesson did serve all of these purposes because students learned throughout the video, interacted in the use of the organizer as well as assessed their learning with this tool, and had to navigate through the graphic organizer as well as the virtual field trip.

    Hamdi, M. m., & Hamtini, T. t. (2016). Designing an Effective e-Content Development Framework for the Enhancement of Learning Programming. International Journal Of Emerging Technologies In Learning, 11(4), 131-141. doi:10.3991/ijet.v11i04.5574


  2. Hi Patricia,

    Your lesson was very well planned and executed. Starting your class with google earth was a great way to set the environment so the students could see where they are geographically located. Have you tried the locations from the past to view how that region looked in an earlier era? It might add to the environmental understanding for your students. I really liked the way you created playlists in youtube. Based in China, we are very limited in our use of youtube as it is banned by the government here. Just this year our school has been able to set up a VPN so that we can access this amazing resource. I am therefore always looking for better ways to use this and I plan to share this approach with my teachers.

    I have been using http://www.mindomo for mind mapping with my students – I find it a great website, but I want to try out the website you have used. Did you find it easy to use?



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s