• This lesson is being provided as a lesson
on George Washington for 4th and 5th
grade students following standards set for
the Virginia Standards of Learning.
• The lesson makes the following
– Students have been taught how to use
Google Earth prior to this lesson.
– Students have been taught to use Google
Docs prior to this lesson.
3.Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
A. plan strategies to guide inquiry.
B. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
d. process data and report results.
Virginia State Standards
VS.5 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the American Revolution by
b) identifying the various roles played by Virginians in the Revolutionary War era, with emphasis on
VS.6 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the establishment of the new American nation by
a) explaining why George Washington is called the “Father of our Country”
USI.6 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the causes and results of the American Revolution by
c) describing key events and the roles of key individuals in the American Revolution, with emphasis on George
• For the first part of our field trip, we
are going to visit Mt. Vernon, the home
of George Washington, by air!
• Step One: Open Google Earth.
• In the search window, type Mt.
Vernon Estate and Garden, Mt.
• You will see Mt. Vernon at the bottom of the screen.
• Zoom in so that the estate fills the screen. Make sure you have
Google Earth set to display photographs.
• Look at the photographs that have been taken
• Look at the layout of the main house, the
outer buildings and the gardens.
• Look at the relationship to the house and the
Move over to the left of your screen and locate the following: the original
vault, Washington’s grave site, the farm, 16 sided barn, and the wharf.
Google Earth- Assessment
• In the discussion board, post your
thoughts on Mt. Vernon after seeing it
in Google Earth. Is your initial reaction
that you would like to live there? What
part of the estate would you most like
to see if you were only given an hour to
tour? Your response must be at least
George Washington Website
• Go to
• Use the navigation on the left side of the
screen to move through the different areas of
the estate. Read carefully about each area.
Post at least 5 interesting things you learned
from the website on our discussion board. Make
sure you answer in complete sentences and in
Virtual House Tour
• For this part of our virtual tour, we
will go to the Mount Vernon website.
• Click on launch the flash tour.
Virtual Tour Assessment
• Enter the tour and answer the
questions found on your Field Trip
• Once completed, upload your
document to our Google Docs site.
• Field Trip Guide Sheet
Field Trip Guide
• Answer the following questions. Save a copy as yournamefieldtripguide, upload and share with your instructor in
• 1st Floor Central Passage
– Find the Bastille Key. Who sent the key to GW?
– What significant event did it mark?
• 1st Floor, Little Parlor
– Washington bought the harpsichord for Nellie Washington. What is a harpsichord?
– What do you think this says about the hobbies or pastimes of the family?
• 1st Floor, Large Dining Room
– This is the room where the Washington’s and their guests spent many hours. Meals here could take as long as
– Why do you think this room needed to be so large?
– How did GW make this room personal? Use the item descriptions from around the room to answer.
• 1st Floor, Small Dining Room
– What color is this room? Why did GW paint the room that color?
• 1st Floor, Study
– Why do you think GW didn’t allow most people in this room?
– What was the purpose of this room?
• 2nd Floor, Lafayette Room
– Why do you think GW had so many visitors?
• 2nd Floor, Nelly Custis Room
– How was Nelly related to GW?
– Did GW have any children of his own?
• 2nd Floor, Master Bedroom
– George Washington died in this room in the bed that is shown in the room. How old was he when he died?
– What caused his death?
– Do you think he would have survived if they would have had modern medical techniques that are available
today? Tell why.
• 3rd Floor, Cupola.
– Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupola and look up cupola. Why do you think GW added this to the house?
Literature Trips- By the Great
Full of coots, codgers, geezers, and outlaws,
this is the rip-snortin’-- and suspenseful-- saga
of a young man and his butler bound for
California from Boston during the great Gold
Jack and the butler stow away on a side-
wheeler bound for California where they join
the Gold Rush of 1849
Use Paths and Placemarks to mark
chapters or events
Use the measurement tool to
measure distance or compare