Topic 2 – U.S. Landmarks

Welcome to Avery’s U.S. Tours! We’ll be your guides today as we take you across the United States to some of its most historic, famous landmarks. So, buckle your seat belts, hold on to your hats, and enjoy the journey!

Okay, well, if we were really able to take you across the United States to see all of our amazing landmarks, that’s probably how we’d start our tour. Since we’re unable to though, we’ll instead share them with you on here!

Did you know that you can tie math into every landmark? You can try to determine how old they are. You can try to figure out how tall they are. You can try to calculate how much area they take up. You could determine what shapes they’re made out of. It’s incredible how math is tied into almost anything you can think of!

We created a presentation to share some of our landmarks with you. Throughout the presentation there are different math questions based upon the facts. See if you can find the answer to some of the problems. Share the problem you tried as well as your answer down in the comment section!

This presentation is slightly different to ones you may be used to. In this presentation, you can sometimes navigate down, to the right, to the left, or up. You’ll see four blue arrows in the bottom-right hand corner of our presentation. If an arrow is dark blue, it means that you can move the presentation in that direction. You can use your mouse, the arrow keys on your keyboard, or if you’re on a tablet, swipe in the direction you want to move. Start by clicking on the presentation. Then move to the right, read the first slide. After, move down to find out the answer! Continue moving to the right and then down to work through the entire thing!


Did you find the answer to any of the math problems in the presentation?

Have you ever been to any of the landmarks we mentioned?


Topic 2: Yorkshire Landmarks (UK)

A Room with a View discussed Landmarks today.  We thought that we might see the following:

USA: The Golden Gate bridge, the Empire State building and the Statue of Liberty

Canada: Niagara Falls

Australia: Sydney Opera House

North Yorkshire is a very interesting county, with many historic landmarks.  We chose a few that are close to us to share with you.  You can also see some of our capital city’s landmarks on our class blog.

We enjoyed having Buck tell us about US landmarks, so we have brought in Fifi, our French mascot, to introduce our presentation.

Can you put the landmarks in their chronological order (the time order they were built)?

Which is the oldest?  

Which was built most recently?  

You will have to listen carefully for the dates!


Topic 2: New Zealand Landmarks

In B4 we made a list of New Zealand landmarks that we knew of. 

Jordan suggested the Sky Tower in Auckland (our tallest tower at 328 metres / 1,076 feet).

Jia Xuan suggested Mt Cook (our tallest mountain at 3,754 metres / 12,316 feet).


In our region we have the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki.
Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki
By Christian Michel [CC-BY-2.0], By Christian Michel [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

These rocks began forming 30,000,000 years ago!

Can you see how the Pancake Rocks got their name?

Would you like to visit the Pancake Rocks?

Topic Two: Canadian Landmarks

We talked about Canadian landmarks earlier this week, but the students had a hard time thinking of any. Someone thought, the Co-op (our local grocery store) might be a Canadian landmark (it may very well be a landmark in our little town, but it doesn’t quite make the list). We also had suggestions of the Taj Mahal, the Sphinx, and Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest tower). It seems we had a little work to do before we would be able to share with our friends around the world.

We started by looking at photos of famous Canadian landmarks and then read facts about each one. On Thursday, we choose the landmark that we would like to share and wrote our scripts with our partners. Next we practised, practised, and practised some more until we felt ready. After lunch we each took a turn in front of the green screen and put our video together just before we went home for the day.

Here is the video we made about Canadian landmarks:

Have you seen any of the landmarks we shared in person?

Are there other Canadian landmarks that you would have included?

What is the tallest structure or mountain in your country?

Topic Two: Monuments of America

America has many wonderful national monuments, but the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the St. Louis Gateway Arch are some that we treasure!

Mt. Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. View our VoiceThread to learn more about this granite sculpture. Feel free to add a comment or question to the last slide.



The Gateway Arch



The Gateway Arch is located in St. Louis, Missouri. Join Buck and President Thomas Jefferson on a tour of this historic landmark.



Have you ever visited either of these monuments?

Can you add more information about either landmark?

What did you think of the presentations?