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50 Places of a Lifetime

 

Do you like to travel? What's the most interesting or exciting place that you've ever been to? This site, from National Geographic magazine, is a list of the 50 greatest places on earth to visit. Explore some of these places; maybe you'll get some ideas for your next vacation!

 

Your Turn:
Write a short report about the 5 most interesting places to visit in your home country. What is special about each place? What can you do there?

50States.com

 

If you're planning to visit the USA soon, or if you're interested in learning more about America, this is a great site to check out! Just click on the state that you want to learn about. You'll find links to LOTS of information about each state. For example:

 

-Famous people from that state
-Camping information
-Climate
-City information
-The state flag
-Maps
-Online newspapers
-State song
-Tourism information
-Pen Pal information

And lots more!


The New 7 Wonders of the World

 

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

The 7 Wonders of the World were decided 2000 years ago. The Pyramids in Egypt are one example. Now it's time to choose the NEW 7 Wonders of the World, and you can help decide! At this site, you can vote for the 7 most amazing architectural landmarks in the world. For example, you can vote for The Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, or the Taj Mahal. To read about each landmark, just click on the picture!

 

Your Turn:
What are some of the most famous landmarks in your country? Why are they famous? Write a short paragraph about each one.

Bud's Journal

 

Bud is a mannequin (a deparment store dummy). He's made of wood. But this amazing person(?) has traveled all over the world and seen lots of interesting places. Read about Bud's life story in his journal. Click on the links to find out about his trips to many different cities. (Use the MAP or INDEX to find ALL of the links.)

 

Your Turn:
If you like Bud, you can write an email to him, and become his email pen pal! Just click on the link on the bottom of the page (WRITE TO BUD). Read what other people have written to Bud by clicking on LETTERS at the top of the page.

Country Reports

 

Here's a great site where you can learn lots of information about any country in the world. Just choose a country and click GO. You can find facts about that country's economy, geography, government, people, and lots more!

 

Your Turn:
Write a multiple-choice or true/false quiz about your home country. (But don't make the questions TOO difficult!) Use this site to check your facts. Then find out how much your classmates know about your country!


Flags and Countries Quiz

 

Here's a fun way to learn the flags from 30 different countries! How many do you already know? This is the EASY level. If you do well, try a more difficult level. Remember that spelling is important!

 

Your Turn:
After you try the quiz, look at all of the flags: Choose a few flags that you think are the most interesting. Why do you like them? Find a partner. Imagine that you've just bought a big island and have started your own country. What is the name of your new country? The first thing you must do is create a flag. With your partner, design a flag for your new country. What do the different parts of the flag mean? Write a short explanation of your flag.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

 

The most famous tower in the world is, of course, the Tower of English, but the second most famous tower is the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. The Tower was built starting in 1173 and it was finished about 200 years later. At this site, you can look at every detail of this amazing building. There are 6400 pictures of the Tower that you can look at here. Click on TOWER'S GALLERY.

 

Your Turn:
Read the introduction to the site. Then make a short quiz. Write 4 questions about the Tower. Exchange your quiz with a classmate and try to answer the questions. For advanced students, try reading the complete history of the Tower. Click on HISTORY.

Map Machine

 

The Map Machine is a very cool way to find lots of information about countries all over the world. You can choose many different kinds of maps. Choose Dynamic Maps or Atlas Maps and then choose one of the maps. You can find satellite maps, physical maps, and political maps. You can find maps that will give you information about the weather, time zones, and lots more! Start by looking at a map of the world. Then left click on the map and draw a box anywhere to see a close-up of any place on the map. Now you can move up or down, left or right. Click on FLAGS AND FACTS to find lots of interesting information about countries. Use FIND A PLACE if you want to find a particular country, state, or city. Just type the name into the box.

 

Your Turn:
This is a great place to learn about other countries. Try to find your classmates' countries. What can you learn about those countries? Choose one country and make a list of 6 facts about that country.

Strawberry Fields

 

Strawberry Fields is a beautiful section of Central Park in New York City that is named after the Beatles song, "Strawberry Fields Forever," and is dedicated to the memory of John Lennon, who was killed in 1980. He and his wife, Yoko Ono, lived nearby and used to often walk in this part of Central Park. At this site, you can take a tour of Strawberry Fields and read lots of interesting information about it. Look for the special memorial to John Lennon. When you're finished, you can visit other parts of Central Park, one of the most famous and beautiful parks in the world.

 

Your Turn:
Write a report about a popular outdoor location that you like to visit in your home country. It might be a park, or the mountains, or maybe the beach. Why do you like to go there? What do you do when you go there?

A Trip to the Grand Canyon

 

The Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the U.S. Use this fun website to plan a trip to the Grand Canyon with your classmates!

 

Your Turn:
To plan your trip, first choose how many people will be travelling together and when you want to travel. Then, in a small group, make decisions about what kind of transportation you will use, where you will stay, and what activities you want to do. But you must be careful not to spend too much money or stay too long! When you're finished, you can even send a Grand Canyon postcard to your teacher or your friend! Have fun on your trip!

The White House

 

One of the great things about being the U.S. President is that you get to live in a really cool house! The White House is 200 years old! At this site, you can take a tour of this very historic house. Just click on the room on the White House model that you want to visit. Read an interesting fact about the room. Then click on the photo to go to another room.

 

Your Turn:
What was the most interesting thing that you learned about the presidential house? If you could spend only 10 minutes at The White House, which room would you like to visit? Why?

 



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