Friday, April 21, 2017

LEGO Landmarks- Exploring Countries and Cultures



This past year we turned my boys' Lego obsession into another avenue of learning.  Our third grade study was a tour around the world, using My Father's World Exploring Countries and Cultures.  For each country, we studied their culture, flags, ecosystem, and landmarks.

You can add the Lego Landmark anytime during your trip around the world; we would usually make the flag the same day we colored our flag notebook page, then make a landmark at the end of studying each country.  If there wasn't a specific landmark that jumped out at us, we made a few animals that we studied in that country's ecosystem.

Below is a list of some our Lego creations during the year.  Some were my idea, and some were the boys' ideas. Use your imagination, and your kids will probably come up with their own fun creations!

Introduction
  •  Map of your room, house, and  neighborhood

North America

United States
  • Buildings- Statue of Liberty, Washington Monument, or White House
  • Flag


Mexico
  •   Buildings- Mayan Ruin Pyramid Chichen Itza and an Adobe House
  • Flag


Canada
  •  Maple leaf
  • Ecosystem- Northern forest and tundra animals

South America

Brazil
  •  Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janerio
  •  Ecosystem- Rain forest Animals

Europe
Norway
  • Reindeer shepherds and their homes (after watching a video on nomad reindeer shepherds)

 France
  •  Building- Eiffel tower
  • flag
Germany
  • flag


Africa
Kenya
  • Crocodile int he Nile River
  • Watering  hole with animals, on Savannah 
  • flag

Asia
Saudi Arabia
  • camel 
  • flag (use green lego board for back, and white blocks for design and sword)
India
  •  Building- Taj Mahal (after reading 'T is for Taj Mahal')
  • elephant
  • flag


China
  • Building- Great Wall of China

Japan
  • Japanese Building with traditional rooftop
  • Ninjas and Samurai Warriors

Russia
  •  flag
  • Saint Basil's Cathedral

Antarctica
  • Penguins 
Australia
  •  Building-Sydney Opera House
  • different types Coral Reef


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