Whoo-hoo! We have our first big project going on! I'd been waiting to find something the children were very interested in on their own. I tend to do a lot of thematic teaching but prefer it when the children begin to show interest in something that we can begin to investigate together!
Sooo....this one started with a map. Several were very interested in drawing their own pictures of Texas and Alaska. At some point someone found St. Louis and said they just saw the Arch that weekend.
We live in a small town about 45 minutes away from St. Louis so the Arch is reasonably close enough for many of my kids to have seen before. Once the discussions of the Arch began we started investigating books about the monument.
When I began some discussions with the kids about their drawings/writing about the Arch I discovered that many did not know it was in St. Louis. A few told me Chicago and even more thought it was in our hometown! So we created an Arch word list to help us with our writing and began reading about what other things there are to see in St. Louis.
My kids really love this picture of the last piece of the Arch being placed. They have studied it over and over again as they try to create their own block structures of the Arch.
One of my students was very excited to share a picture of her Great Grandpa who had helped to build the Arch!! She was quite famous herself on the day she brought this in! =)
Some of our Arch sculptures
A mural a small group created
A plan for an Arch block structure
The finished project!
The interest in the Arch has been going strong for about two weeks now. I plan on bringing in some models of the Eiffel tower to see where they go with that. I'm hoping Mr. M would consider sending me on a field trip to Paris so I can bring home some actual photos of it for the kids to observe. One can only dream.......