For our last Unit of this year, my oldest requested to study Famous Buildings, Landmarks and Architecture. I loved the idea and got busy right away requesting a bunch of Library books!
Architecture A Visual History by James Neal
Joan Steiner Look-A-likes: Discover a Land where things are not as they appear… and Around the World ; An Album of Amazing Postcards
Monumental Versus by J. Patrick Lewis (poetry)
13 Buildings Children Should Know by Anette Roeder
Buildings in Disguise by Joan Marie Arbogast
Pop’s Bridge by Eve Bunting
Using both these books and worksheets found on Education.com in a “Let’s Travel” series we set out to visit the Landmarks!
First Stop: England!
We viewed and became familiar with Westminster Abbey, Stonehenge, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London and Big Ben.
History/Social Studies: Landmarks of England. Where is England? Using the World Atlas to locate England.
Language Arts: Copy work and discussed the following words:
England, London, Europe, Queen, British Monarchy, Gables
Math: My youngest built with blocks that had two landmarks on them : Stonehenge and the London Eye. Liam used the geo-boards to create the London Eye as well as some multiplication problems.
Art: Re-created the look of Stonehenge with rocks from around the yard and constructed Tower Bridge with Clay and Pipe Cleaners.
Computer: Liam loves (to say the least) the game Minecraft, each day as we finish learning about some Landmarks he is re-creating them in “his world” within the game.
Next Stop: Greece!
Using the books -Architecture A Visual History and 13 Buildings Children Should Know and the World Atlas we took a look at The Parthenon!
History/Social Studies: Locate Greece on the Map. Using a worksheet from the same Travel set at Education.com, he matched the Landmarks to the locations on the map of Greece; The Parthenon, Meteora, Santorini, Delphi Theater and Mount Olympus, followed by a series of True and False questions.
Language Arts: Copy work of the following words: Athens, Greece, Greek Antiquity, Columns, The Parthenon, Doric, Iconic and Corinthian.
Art: After discussing the 3 types of Columns : Doric, Iconic and Corinthian- today’s art was photography! We drove around our local towns and looked for these types of columns! Here are the photos he took:
Luke did watercolor painting on printouts of the columns and Liam also designed his own Parthenon on his game minecraft :
Science: Optical Illusions! We viewed a video and took a closer look at the design of the columns after reading about little tricks architects use in their designs that are not immediately apparent. The end columns are slightly thicker than the others, because they are better-illuminated than the others, it makes them appear thinner!
Math: Multiplication/Division using the pillars for math word problems. Measuring with a measuring tape to see just how tall the pillars stand.
Now in The United States!
We began with the story Pop’s Bridge about the Golden Gate Bridge. Followed by a closer look at The Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, The Chrysler Building and The Guggenheim Museum using the book 13 Building Children Should Know.
Language Arts: Poetry: Monumental Versus book by J. Patrick Lewis -I read the poem “Empire State Building” we then reflected on it and discussed the form of First Person Narrative.
The following were today’s copy work vocab/spelling words: San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building, Modernism, Spiral.
Science: We discussed the design of the Guggenheim Museum and Frank Llyod Wright’s design which is a long spiral-shaped ramp in which visitors take an elevator to the top and simply walk down. As a repeat from Greece we also talked about optical Illusions again as the building gets progressively wider towards the top.
Math: The term “Cross-Section” as well as some Division lapbook problems.
Art: Frank Llyod Wright as well as Joseph Strauss, designer of the Golden Gate Bridge, were both persistent against critics and branched out in a new direction. With this thought, I asked Liam to design his own “cutting edge, Modern, unlike anything seen before” structure!
He designed a Robot shaped building that would be a Museum for Electronics, Video games and Robots.
Next week Visits: France, Brazil, Thailand, Spain, New Zealand!
Week Three: India, Denmark, Portugal, China and Australia!