Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Aug15_HooverDam

This week Anna pulled Hoover Dam from her landmark cards pile. It was our first man-made landmark, and I mentioned this fact to her. The first thing she wanted to know is why it’s called man-made and not “men and women made”. I explained to her that man-made means “made by humans” and this satisfied her… for the time being.

My husband visited Hoover Dam “before my time” and this time his tendency to accumulate souvenirs paid off. Anna enjoyed trying a “real” Hoover Dam hard hat even though it was a little heavy for her head, and we looked at the photos that he took of Hoover’s Dam.

Dams Give Us Power

We also read a non-fiction books about dams called Dams Give Us Power. I was somewhat skeptical ordering it in the library, but for the most part it was age appropriate and had beautiful photos in it. It also showed natural dams and dams built by kids for fun. We tried to build a dam in our sand-and-water table, but this attempt failed miserably and I kept wishing for us to have access to a creek. I remember very well building lots of dams in early spring when streams of melted water were running along the streets of my childhood neighborhood.

Hoover Dam I was also skeptical while picking up a non-fiction DVD on Hoover Dam in the library, but Anna was quite interested in the first 20 minutes of it that showed Hoover Dam of today inside and out and explained the history behind its construction. She was fascinated that people can actually walk inside of the dam. Then she lost interest, and I think her head was too full of new information anyway. I think it was the first time when she realized that US has deserts too – apparently she thought that only Egypt has them :)

Anna also had a lot of questions about beavers, so I might organize us some sort of a “beaver day”… if I find a good book in the library. We did read one great non-fiction book about them that I will review in my What My Child Is Reading post on Saturday.

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13 comments:

Christy said...

I have seen a lot of the country, but have not seen the Hoover Dam. I love your landmarks studies.

Terra said...

I flew over the Hoover Dam once, but I've never actually visited it. I love the picture of her in the hard hat. So cute!

Debbie said...

That is such a cute picture of her in the hard hat! I look forward to doing landmark studies with Selena. That is cute that she thought deserts were only in Egypt. On our travels across Washington we kept pointing out the desert lands but Selena just didn't quite understand that concept at all.

My Family My Forever said...

I've never been to the Hoover Dam.

I also find it interesting that nonfiction books and DVD's interest my kids too.

Thanks for sharing these links and books too.

Kim said...

I love that she wants to know why it's not 'woman-made' too! Good girl! Great overview of Hoover Dam!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Oh, I'll try to get a picture of our local beaver for Anna! It's been a few weeks since we've been to the fishing hole, where it lives - but hopefully it's still out and about :)

Ticia said...

Hey my new phone is showing the captxhas. Perfect timing on your post. I'd totally forgotten about Hoover dam and that is perfect for nevada

And I collect rAndom souvenirs as well

Pathfinder Mom said...

We used to have that booster seat. ::sniff::

I haven't gotten to see the Hoover Dam yet - hopefully some day! I'm glad that Anna enjoyed at least part of the documentary - sometimes they help to bring things to life.

The girl who painted trees said...

I love your approach to use the landmark cards. We have those too and I will keep your approach in mind:)

littlewondersdays said...

Great lesson plan. She looks very interested.
Little J loves documentaries and we use these in conjunction with many lesson plans.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

She is adorable!! Love her curiosity and love for learning. She seems to be very interested in this particular landmark. And I love, love, LOVE how she questioned the phrase "man-made", that really made me smile!

Elise said...

I also have a box containig souvenirs from different places and I think it will come in handy when we learn more about places.

Anna had such a lgical expalantion as to why the tooth fairy collects teeth. It does make me smile to think of a "gummy", toothfairy with no teeth.

Fairion said...

I love that she thought only Egypt had deserts. We are studying the deserts of Utah as well this week and Froggy said "Wow that is just like in Egypt".