WASHINGTON, D.C. VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP
Through your computers, you will be taking a tour of the city unlike any you've taken before! So sit back, put on your headphones, get your paper and pencils ready, and let's go visit the capital of this great country!
LONELY PLANET- WASHINGTON, D.C.
Before going on a trip of any kind, you must plan your trip, learn a bit about what the city has to offer. You will be starting your tour by visiting the following site: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/destinations/north_america/washington_dc/
This site will give you good background information on the city and let you know some good places to visit, and special events that take place in the city throughout the year.
Click on the link for events. Look through the paragraph of events, and select two that sound interesting to you. On your worksheet, write down the names and dates of these events as well as thr reason why you would might attend those events.
Click on the map to the right of the page. Print out the map to use as we go through our field trip- you will be circling all ofthe sites we will be visiting.
Click on the image below the map (back on the original page) and take some time to view the slide show to get you ready for some of the things you will see in the city. (use the arrows to move to the next picture during the slideshow.)
WASHINGTON, D.C. CITY PAGES: TOURISM
This site offers a virtual tour of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. These links offer you a 360 degree view of different sites on the mall. Make sure you check out the "tours" of the following sites:
Washington Monument- when was it started, and when was it completed? Why was the monument built?
Lincoln Memorial- What is the arcitecture based on? What will you find beheath the mural on the north wall?
United States Capital- What president laid the cornerstone, and when did he put it in place?
The Wall- What is the real name of the wall? What is on this monument?
Now, on to some special sites in the city:
Money! Money! Money!
The U.S. Treasury Department
This is the office of the government in charge of economic and financial decisions. Click on the link for the full tour and be guided through the building and learn a bit about it's history.
What was your favorite part of this tour? Why?
What did you learn that you didn't know before?
Hail to the Chief!
The White House
You've all heard of the White House, and know it's the home of our President. But how many of you have been INSIDE the building? Here's your chance, and you don't even have to wait in line for hours!
Click on the link for PAnoramic Tours, and choose at least 5 rooms to tour.
Which room was your favorite? Why?
Pick another tour from the main page and tell why you picked it and 3 facts you learned.
Stop by the page for kids and print out your choice of coloring and activity pages. (Just one!)
On to the Smithsonian!!
Smithsonian History Wired!
The Smithsonian Museum is actually locaed in several different buildings, each with itsown theme. We will be checking out the Museum of American History. This site contains links to some favorite items in the museum, some that are not avaiable to people who actually go to the museum to take a tour! Follow the directions on the pop up page to help you find your way around.
Select at least 5 different items to review. (point your arrow to a square- it will show you a title and brief description, if you want to view the picture and find out more, clcik on "learn more about." Write down on the item you view your worksheet and answer the following questions.
Name two facts for each item.
Is the item on display in the Smithsonian, if so, where? Or is it only available on the web?
Time to go home! It's been a long tour of our nation's capital. I hope you've enjoyed your visit! Stop by and look around again sometime!