Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Gifted Gab and the Classroom Corner--7 Wonders of the Ancient World, Number 7

Hi!  This week my students have travelled back in time to visit stop #7 on our 7 Wonders of the Ancient World tour.  This week we were off to see the Colossus of Rhodes.  Interestingly, many now debate whether this wonder actually existed or not. 

This huge statue was built of bronze and was reportedly destroyed by an earthquake.  Reports say it took 900 camels to remove the wreckage!  WOW!

After singing our 7 Wonders Song and discussing this wonder using our classroom Smartboard and 7 Wonders information pack, we were ready to make our own Colossus of Rhodes costumes.  We simply used paper plates, construction paper, and bulletin board paper. 
Upon the conclusion of our classroom research and related craftivities, students made a Knowledge Chart, recalling interesting facts learned along the way.  They also wrote about and illustrated the Colossus of Rhodes in their 7 Wonders Learning Logs.
See any similarities between this ancient statue and any statues we know here in America? 
That's right--the Statue of Liberty, carved by Bartholdi, was inspired in part by the Colossus of Rhodes.  This was a great learning extension as students connected the historical dots between these 2 monuments. 

Love Reading Rainbow?  There is a great united streaming clip available on the Statue of Liberty available at: http://player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?guidAssetId=2FEA236B-A281-46CF-8C88-7FEB300CEE72&blnFromSearch=1&productcode=US.

For more Colossus of Rhodes or 7 Wonders learning fun, my learning pack is available at both my TpT store and my Teacher's Notebook store.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Shannon :-)

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