Day of Play 2016

Every year, our school participates in the Global Day of Play and the #cardboardchallenge. It’s one of the days we LOVE!

This year, we decided we would all create photo booths out of cardboard. The photo booths would showcase one country, so each class would do some research and learning about those countries. Our class chose to research China.

We started asking ourselves… what would we put into a photo booth to share about that country’s culture? We decided we would look at some of the most famous places in China and choose from there. Mrs. Baldwin helped us look up “famous places and cultural icons in China.” We found:

  • The Great Wall of China
  • Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Army
  • dragons in parades, stories, and decorations
  • a lot of beautiful temples
  • lots of photos of pandas

We investigated together to learn more about the Great Wall of China. We asked: How long is it? How did they build it? WHO built it? What is it made of?

We learned that two different dynasties ordered people to build the wall. The first emperor was Emperor Qin. The wall was 3,100 miles and took ten years to build. The Ming Dynasty rebuilt some of the wall and added on to it. The Great Wall is over 5,500 miles! It’s made of granite, brick, and limestone. 5,500 miles is a lot! We used base 10 blocks to try to figure it out. 5,500 miles in base 10 blocks would be more than 5 red cubes and 5 blue squares, if each block equals 1 mile. Wow! For perspective, we learned that most of us live between 5-10 miles from our school. That’s only a few yellow base 10 blocks or 1 green bar.

We were a little worried about how we would build our photo booth AND all of the parts to show what we learned about China. We were very grateful that some students from Mr. Fink’s class helped us build the actual photo booth! Most of our class worked to plan how they would build the Great Wall on our photo booth. Two students worked to research Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Army. Other students studied pandas and dragons, and a few studied all the beautiful temples.

Before we started building, we designed plans for what we were going to make out of cardboard. After we were happy with our plans, we started building! The Great Wall was the hardest to plan, because it had to go all the way across our photo booth. Can you find all the different things we learned about in our photo booth photos?