Monday, June 11, 2018

Video: America's Landmarks

Although the school year is coming to an end in the northern hemisphere, we made time to create a wonderful global project with our blogging buddy, Mrs. Morris, and her students in Australia.

This project celebrates TEN years of global collaboration with Mrs. Morris!

Each class wanted to share their country's landmarks, so students researched famous landmarks, created a script, located Creative Commons images, and then filmed a fabulous movie. The Do Ink app was used to take each student to the location being shared.

Enjoy America's Landmarks!

Here is a link to our Australian buddies Landmark Video!

We hope you enjoy visiting these famous American landmarks! 

What questions do you have? 

We will try and answer questions before school gets out this week!


  1. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    Wow! I loved watching your video about all the American landmarks.

    I especially loved the way you used body actions, props, and interesting words to convince us all to visit your great country.

    Despite being lucky enough to have two short trips to the USA, I've only been to a small number of your landmarks. I think my favourite was the Statue of Liberty!

    Has anyone in your class been to Australia before?

    Best wishes,
    Mrs Morris

  2. Tanner and Jake F.June 12, 2018 at 8:55 AM

    Dear Grand Canyon Folks,

    We loved your video. Specifically, we liked when you pointed at the white water rafters in the Colorado River.

    What do you mean by "it was carved by the Colorado River."?

    Jake F. and Tanner.

  3. Dear Statue of Liberty Ladies,

    We loved your facts about the Statue of Liberty. You said the crown had seven points to represent the seven continents and seven seas. What are the seven seas?

    We'd also like to know about the torch. Why can't tourists go to the torch anymore?

    Your friends,
    Ava N. and Zineb

  4. Golden Gate Bridge PeopleJune 12, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    Dear Washington Monument friends,
    We liked how you pointed at the Monument. However, we have a question. What's inside the Washington Monument, and how hot can it be at the top? Please leave a reply.

  5. Dear Disneyland,

    You guys really expressed how fun it would be to go to Disneyland. We loved your segment of the video.

    We have a question for you. You mentioned the Matterhorn, how big is it when was it opened?
    We hope you can answer this question

    Grand Canyon

  6. Will, Jake S., and CharlieJune 12, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    Dear Mt. Rushmore,

    Thank you for teaching us about Mt. Rushmore! We never knew any of those facts before you told us. But we do have a few questions for you.

    Jake wants to know how the faces of the four presidents were carved. Did they use dynomite? Did they use a drill?

    Will wants to know why it's only those four presidents. Why not John Adams?

    And finally, Charlie wants to know why you can't climb the mountain. Is it too dangerous? If it is, why can't they carve a trail.

    Your classmates,
    Will, Jake S., and Charlie.

  7. Yosemite National ParkJune 12, 2018 at 9:11 AM

    Dear Golden Gate Bridge folks,

    What an amazing segment of the video you contributed to! We are the Yosemite folks, and are wondering how many feet above the water is the Golden Gate Bridge? Also, how long did it take to build the bridge?

    Yosemite National Park folks!

  8. Dear Independence Hall,

    We think your movie was great. National Mall really enjoyed the hand gestures and all the energy, but we have one question to ask you. Where is the Liberty Bell located at in the Independence Hall?

    National Mall

  9. Dear Tanner and Classmates,

    I enjoyed the movie about America's Landmarks as I visited some of them when I was a youngster. I especially enjoyed seeing the Grand Canyon again when I visited Tanner and his brother Ben a few years ago.
    I hope you all have a fabulous summer vacation. I know Tanner will as he will be visiting Nonno and Cecca in Italy.

    Best wishes for a great summer.
    Nonno and Cecca

  10. Dear Hoover Dam,

    I enjoyed learning about Hoover Dam,and I learned that this dam produces electricity!

    Gateway Arch was wondering, Can you pay a tourist to go into the dam? How much money will it even cost if you can?

    Your pals,
    Gateway Arch

  11. Statue of Liberty PeopleJune 12, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Dear Y♥semite peo♥ple,

    We like how you guys have good projection when you guys said about the number of plants and animals. It will really help the Australians figure out what you're saying.

    We have some questions for you:
    1. What is the longest waterfall in Y♥semite?
    2. Also, how tall is the tallest mountain?

    We hope you can answer,

    Statue ♥f Liberty Pe♥ple

  12. Dear Class,
    I'm just so blown away by the amount of research that went into this project! I'm so proud of all of you!
    To the Hoover Dam students:
    Fun fact - I went to elementary school in Nevada (Las Vegas) and the Hoover Dam was something that we would go and see all the time - especially if there was someone visiting from out of town!
    Do you think you would be afraid to look down from the top? I wasn't when I was your age....but I think I would be scared now!
    I want to wish you all a wonderful summer and Mimi and I will miss you! What an amazing group of kids you are!
    We'll be in Italy this summer, so maybe we'll run into Tanner!
    Mimi's mom
    Tina M.

  13. Hi Class!
    I loved this video of all of our landmarks. I think it is wonderful that we were able to see all the places you were talking about in your presentations. I think it is important that we all remember what amazing monuments we have in our country! I think this will be a great video for Mrs. Morris' class to view so they can see what we have to offer. A job well done by all!
    Keep up the good work.
    Benjamin's mom


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