Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Panama Canal

Panama Canal

The Panama Canal
 Additional Resources:
YouTube - I like this one. However, it can only be seen on YouTube.  It is short and to the point.
Geography About
Canal Museum

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Book of Marvels - Fort Jefferson

This was the coolest chapter!

Civil War just ended.  Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth.  Dr. Mudd sent to prison at Fort Jefferson because he 'set' Mr. Booths broken leg!  What?

The U.S. Government felt that Dr. Mudd was a conspirator to the crime of killing our President Lincoln.  He was sentenced to life in prison and sent to For Jefferson which at the time had the most evil reputation of any prison in the country.  Dr. Mudd's wife worked for four years to get him pardoned - pardoned for a crime he did not commit.

Fort Jefferson

30 foot moat to the portal

Inside the walls is a ground as large as 20 football fields!

Over 50 million bricks used to build the structure.

Largest mass of unreinforced masonry ever raised by Americans.  All brick and stone. Not held together by any steel or concrete.  

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

101 Places

I checked out the book 101 Places You Gotta See Before You're 12! from the library the other day.  As we looked through the book we became excited because we had been to many of the places.  Yahoo for us - we were not even trying!

1.  Lighthouse.  Well, we looked at one across the Bay by Lake Superior.  Does that count?
2.  A Skatepark

 3.  A Working Farm

4.  An Animal Rescue Center - Hayward WI

5.  A Waterfall
6.  A Swimming Hole
7.  An Art Museum
8.  A Wind Farm - We drive by these all the time in MN and IA

9.  An Aquarium - Georgia Aquarium

10.  The House Where Your Parents Grew Up

11.  A Famous Field

12.  A Big Cave - PA

13.  A Wildlife Refuge
14. A Farmer's Market
15.  A Pigpen
16. A Repair Shop
17. A Place of Worship

18. A Fort - Fort Snelling, MN

19. A Dinosaur Site
20.  An Archeological Site
21.  Hall of Fame
22. A Courthouse
23. A Subway

24.  An Airplane Hangar or Collection

25. A School That Is Different From Yours
26. A People Watching Place
27.  Space Places 

28. Marvels of Engineering 

29.  A Battlefield

30. Famous Road -Washington DC Mall

31. Places Where They Make Cool Stuff (Hershey PA)

32. Cemetery - Gettysburg
32. Cemetery - Arlington

Book of Marvels - Yosemite

Our second stop is Yosemite to see the Highest Waterfall named Bridal Veil.

Please preview the YouTube, what is fine for my family may not be for yours.

Book of Marvels - The Golden Gate Bridge

We are using Richard Halliburton's Book of Marvels for part of our Geography this year.  As we move along the book I thought I would document some You Tube or pictures that we view along with each chapter.  It just might help someone else.  Just remember, review the YouTube before hand.  What is fine for my family may not be with yours.

Our first stop is the Golden Gate Bridge in CA.