Known to the Greeks as theamata, or things that must be seen, these ancient wonders are more available to your Montessori students than ever before. While you may not be able to physically travel there, virtual field trips (vft’s) and webquests add new life to these ancient and revered sites. Studying the ancient wonders in your Montessori classroom provides a cross-curricular look into ancient cultures. Through them, topics of literature, history, math, geometry, physics, chemistry, astronomy, botany, art, and physical and cultural geometry can be studied.
Exploring the Seven Wonders of the World – Montessori Classroom Activity IdeasWonders of the earth are not just limited to ancient history, however. On July 7, 2007, voters from the global online community voted on a ‘new’ set of Seven Wonders of the World. These include:
- Chichen Itza, Mexico
- Christ Redeemer, Brazil
- The Great Wall, China
- Machu Picchu, Peru
- Petra, Jordan
- The Roman Coliseum, Italy
- The Taj Mahal, India
While the ancient and “new” lists of seven wonders focus on cultural geography and manmade objects, there is a list of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
- Grand Canyon, Arizona, The United States
- Great Barrier Reef, Australia
- Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Mount Everest, Himalayas
- Aurora Borealis
- Parícutin Volcano, Michoacán, Mexico
- Victoria Falls, between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Thursday, June 9, 2011.