Week of March 19, 2017
Text from Uncle GT: PE made purchase in C-T of Paris. GA 2 Paris now on train.
Text to Uncle GT: We R going to train now. BBFN
Holy Idaho! I have always wanted to go to Paris. I wonder if we will have time to see the Eiffel Tower. I have always dreamed of seeing that famous structure. This iron tower is next to the beautiful Seine River. The tower is really old. It was built in the late 1880s! About how many years ago was 1880? I know we are here to find Dewey, but I hope we at least get to stop by the Eiffel Tower for a few minutes. So, now we are on our way to the train station. It isn't a long ride from Lyon to Paris. Many people in European countries travel by train. It is so cool - if you travel by train, you could see 2 or even 3 countries in one day! Take a look at the attached maps. The first one shows the continent of Europe. What cardinal direction did we travel from Sweden to France? Take a look at the second map. This map shows the train routes throughout France. It is a bit hard to see. Can you find the train route from Lyon to Paris? What countries are close enough to France that we could visit by train?
Map of Europe
What cardinal direction did we travel flying from Sweden to France?
Map of the Train Routes in France
Can you find the route from Lyon to Paris? What other countries are close to France?
Meri and I went out sightseeing right at dusk. Paris is such a beautiful city. And France is a very interesting country. France is slightly smaller than the state of Texas. The land of France truly has it all. There are mountains (the Alps), flat plains, rolling hills in the north and west, dormant volcanoes, beautiful beaches, and more. Over 33% of the land of France is arable. Some of the delicious products grown in France include sugar beets, wheat, cereal, wine grapes, beef, potatoes, fish, dairy products, and others.
France also has numerous natural resources at their fingertips. Some of the most available natural resources include clay, gold deposits, tantalum, kaolin, petroleum, arsenic, coal, iron ore, bauxite, zinc, uranium, fish, timber, gypsum, fluorspar, and feldspar. I remember hearing about feldspar in other countries.
Meri researched the culture and religion of France online today. She found out that French is the official language of France, and 100% of French residents speak primarily French. A lot of people in France are Roman Catholic (about 85%). The second largest religion is Muslim (about 8%). I wonder if the religion of "Roman Catholic" is popular throughout all of Europe. What do you think?
We went to visit the Eiffel tower tonight. Meri was so excited. The structure is amazing. Construction on this HUMONGOUS tower was started in 1887. It took the architects and engineers two years, two months, and five days to build the Eiffel Tower. The tower was built for the Universal Exposition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. We attached a link with more information about the Eiffel Tower.
Text Message from Pandora - WAYN? It is hot here. RUOK? Call or text ASAP.
Text Message to Pandora - At Eiffel Tower
Text Message from Pandora - Seriously?
Text Message to Pandora - Yes. BBFN
Text Message from Pandora - U2 R so lucky!
Poor Pandora, I wish she could come visit us for a few days. She is so bored at home. But her mouth runs a mile a minute, so she would never be able to keep the case "quiet." Uncle GT has given us permission to go explore England tomorrow! We are going to be taking the English Chunnel (or in French, le tunnel sous la Manche). Do you know what the English Chunnel is? I had to look it up - and what I found out was amazing. The Chunnel, completed in 1994, is an underground train tunnel underwater that connects France to England. It took over 15,000 workers to dig through this 7-year project! The construction cost more than $21 billion. But it was well worth the money, and it is used by lots of people every day. This rail tunnel is the 2nd largest rail tunnel in the world. The train we are taking is called the Eurostar and it connects Paris to London. So, tomorrow - we will be in London! I can't wait. Maybe we'll see the Queen!
Tour the entire city of Paris using this 360 degree virtual tour tool.
The United Kingdom is located off of the mainland of Europe. The water in between is called the English Channel. It is kind of like an island. England has a temperate climate, with many rainy days. The Severn River is the longest river and largest river basin in the United Kingdom. But lots of people know about the Thames, because it flows through London.
We just arrived in London, which is the capital city of England. We included a map of the United Kingdom (click on See the Map ). London is one busy city! In fact, it is the largest city in England and one of the busiest and largest cities in the world! Holy Idaho! I can't believe all of the neat places we have gotten to see on our mission to find Dewey, the truth-sniffing dog! We will update our blog in a few hours. We are off to see the city of London!!
Click on the pushpins to learn more information about the tourist locations in London.
arable - land that can be used to grow crops.
cardinal direction - a term used to describe all four primary directions (north, south, east and west).
English Chunnel - an underground train tunnel that connects France to England. It took 7-years, 15,000 people, and $21 billion to complete. This rail tunnel is the 2nd largest rail tunnel in the world.
Feldspar - group of minerals found in crystals. They are usually white, red, blue, or green.
island - land that is surrounded on all sides by water.
natural resources - any substance that is made by nature and used to enhance the lives of living things. Some examples of natural resources include sunlight, minerals, soil, and water.
river basin - A river basin is the land that surrounds an area of water, where precipitaion (such as rain or snow) drains downhill into a body of water (a river in this case).
temperate - a climate that provides warm summers and mild winters. The temperatures do not typically get extremely hot or cold.
United Kingdom - located off of the mainland of Europe. The United Kingdom includes England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. There are 60,000,000 people that live in the United Kingdom.
Grade 3-5: Knows the basic elements of maps and globes (title, legend, cardinal, scale, grid, meridians, time zones, etc.).
Grade 3-5: Knows major physical and human features of places as they are represented on maps and globes. Knows how to read different maps: road, relief, globe, etc..
Grade 3-5: Knows the approximate location of major continents, mountain ranges, and bodies of water on Earth.
Grade 6-8: Knows the location of physical and human features on maps and globes (e.g., culture hearths such as Mesopotamia, Huang Ho, the Yucatan Peninsula, the Nile Valley; major ocean currents; wind patterns; land forms; climate regions).
Grade 6-8: Knows the relative location of, size of, and distances between places.
Grade 3-5: Understands how changing transportation and communication technology has affected relationships between locations. Ease of travel between some and difficulty getting to some others because of transportation and how people move and shop from one to the other because of the ease (trains, road systems, ferries, etc...).
Grade 6-8: Understands distributions of physical and human occurrences with respect to spatial patterns, arrangements, and associations (e.g. why some areas are more densely settled than others).
Grade 6-8: Understands how places are connected and how these connections demonstrate interdependence and accessibility (such as - the role of the changing transportation and communication technology).
Grade 6-8: Knows the human characteristics of places (e.g., cultural characteristics such as religion, language, politics, technology, family structure, gender; population characteristics; land uses; levels of development).
Grade 6-8: Knows the physical characteristics of places (soil, vegetation, wildlife, etc..).
Grade 3-5: Knows the characteristics of a variety of regions (climate, housing, religion, language, etc..).
Grade 6-8: Understands criteria that give a region identity (such as Amsterdam as a transportation center or the Sunbelt's warm climate and popularity with retired people).
Grade 6-8: Knows how places and regions serve as cultural symbols (Opera House in Sydney or Tower Bridge in London).
Grade 3-5: Knows the physical components of Earth's atmosphere (weather and climate), lithosphere (land forms such as mountains), hydrosphere (oceans, lakes and rivers), and biosphere (vegetation and biomes).
Grade 3-5: Knows significant historical achievements of various cultures of the world (e.g., the Hanging Gardens or Babylon, the Taj Mahal in India, pyramids in Egypt, temples in ancient Greece, bridges and aqueducts in ancient Rome).
Grade 3-5: Knows how and why people divide Earth's surface into political and/or economic units (e.g., states in the United States and Mexico; provinces in Canada; countries in North and South America; countries linked in cooperative relationships, such as the European Union).
Grade 6-8: Understands the symbolic importance of capital cities (such as Canberra, a planned city, as the capital of Australia).