Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Activity
While researching the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, we read about the heights of many of the wonders. We decided to get out our super-long tape measure so that we could get a feel for how high the monuments actually stood.
-a tape measure (We have one that measures out to 300 feet, but a smaller one would work as well.)
-notecards and a sharpie
-measurements of the Wonders (The measurements from our Wonders are below. Please note: we couldn’t find measurements for all Seven Wonders. Our two “missing” wonders are the Hanging Gardens and the Temple of Artemis.)
-rocks (to keep the notecards from blowing away)
-a really long sidewalk!
1. Research the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World with your munchkins. I will give you some resources below.
2. Write the heights of the Seven Wonders on notecards.
3. Gather your supplies and go outside.
4. Measure each one of the wonders. We measured them in order…..all at the same time. When doing it simutaneously, they can see how the wonders’ sizes relate to one another. We started with the shortest (Statue of Zeus) and ended with the tallest (the Great Pyramids).
5. Place the notecards at the appropriate place on the sidewalk. Place rocks on the notecards so they don’t blow away.
6. After we were done measuring, we walked along the sidewalk singing our Classical Conversations history song about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World while looking at their heights. (My neighbors probably think we are completely looney! We probably are…..)
A Few Resources for Studying the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
1. A couple of library books we enjoyed…….
2. Clickable Map: Here is a clickable map with locations and information about each of the wonders.
3. More photos and information at 7wonders.org.
And a science note…….