Olaf traveled across the USA during January. We posted of his visit to the Statue of Liberty and then down to the Everglades. Once he left Florida he traveled north and then west to visit the man made landmark that features four former Presidents! Yes, Mount Rushmore! We learned that Mount Rushmore is in South Dakota and that it took 14 years to complete. The four Presidents featured were: George Washington to represent the birth our our country, Jefferson for the growth of our nation, Roosevelt for the development of our nation and Lincoln for the preservation of our nation. Olaf thinks his face looks good on the mountain too!
Famous Landmark and Mountain Sculpture –
From South Dakota, Olaf traveled south and west
again to another natural landmark. This landmark
was made by the erosion of the wind and the
Colorado River. Yes, you guessed it … the Grand
Canyon in Arizona. We learned that the Grand Canyon
is 277 miles in length and at it’s widest point it is 18 miles wide. It is 6000 feet deep. It has all three types of rocks there: sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. The Native American Pueblo tribe and nine other tribes call it home. Be careful Olaf, don’t fall! We are glad Olaf enjoyed his travels and that he headed East back to GPS and is now hiding around the learning commons on the shelves just waiting for hugs!!
Olaf has been to two different sites so far in his travels. He first went to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor! Did you know there is a miniature statue in France and they are facing each other? She was a gift from France and came over in pieces on ships!
Olaf left New York and traveled south to the Florida Everglades! It is a good thing that Olaf has his own snow cloud. We were worried the alligator may think he was a snow cone! The Everglades are home to lots of animals and some of them endangered!
With our small dusting of snow, our scouts have gotten excited about snow and are hoping to see more. Of course they love everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf. So… the Learning Commons team decided we would work on a little geography and national landmarks at the same time along with our friend, Olaf.
We first had our news show hosts read the new the book, Hide and Hug Olaf on the news show. In the story, Olaf wants to play hide and seek. Since we saw him on the show we know he was in Gilbert, SC. He is leaving us clues each day for us to try to guess where he may be hiding. His first destination is North and East of SC. On Tuesday, the news show showed us a video of what Olaf’ is seeing from the top of where he is hiding. There was a big city in the background with lots of water and ships. Wonder what landmark that could be?
Each day the news show will share a clue from Olaf during the month on January. His hiding place will be revealed on Friday mornings during the show. Get out your maps and map apps and follow him with us! Be sure to ask your scout each day what the clue was for the day and talk about possible locations and landmarks. Have fun!
Close your eyes and count to 10…..
What is the Global Read Aloud? It is a wonderful program that connects children across the globe through reading the same book or books by the same author! This year Ms. Davidson and her class will be connecting with another Spanish Immersion class in Brooklyn, New York. We are excited to be sharing about our lives and community here in Gilbert with other first graders learning Spanish and in such a different community!
We are connecting with a private school in Park Slope, in Brooklyn, NY. Their school is a K-12 school named Berkeley Carroll. You can see their school website here to learn more about their very urban community.
We will be sharing our journey as we connect and share the books of Amy Rosenthal. You can learn more about the Global Read Aloud and Amy Rosenthal by clicking on the links below.
Global Read Aloud 2015 Amy Krouse Rosenthal