Wednesday, October 11, 2006

7 Wonders of the Ancient World & 3 Types of Rocks

Yesterday, we went to our monthly classes at our natural science museum. One of the classes dealt with the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Besides discussing them and looking at pictures of them in a book, we did 3 things:
  1. Cut out pictures of each wonder and glued it on a map
  2. Talked about the 3 types of rocks and their properties (as the wonders were made out of rocks)
  3. Showed how an armature (like a frame) helps statutes be stronger by showing how a wire helps a notecard hold more weight
I thought they were good projects and especially like the mapwork. Also, the teacher had asked us to read about the 7 wonders, the 3 types of rock, and to look at the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea before class, so it was a great way to reinforce what we'd studied.
Some books we enjoyed:
  • Let's Go Rock Collecting by Roma Ganse
  • The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Bentley - we looked at pictures & discussed them
  • Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Curlee - read the whole thing in one sitting! It's a pretty big book with stories about each of the wonders - our teacher did tell us that their interpetation of Colossus at Rhodes was probably incorrect - he actually stood kind of like the Statue of Liberty with a torch

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