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Statue of Liberty’s Torch Blueprint from Actual Size—Social Studies
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All of the items on this page have lessons in Actual Size—Social Studies, a teacher resource book published by Sunflower Education. Each lesson includes a complete lesson plan, vocabulary, and a detailed blueprint showing you just how to create a jaw-dropping diagram in sidewalk chalk on a playground or driveway.
Using Actual Size—Social Studies, you and your students can recreate a scale model of the Lighthouse of Alexandria and learn how far the light could be seen!
The Temple of Artemis was huge. It could hold three football fields inside of it! Recreate it for students!
The Great Pyramid of Giza once stood about 480 feet tall. Each side was about 756 feet long. Create a scale model of this huge building that uses a child’s action figure (army men) to help kids imagine it.
Stonehenge is even more compelling when you learn about it while standing inside a full-size diagram of it! Get the plans in Actual Size—Social Studies. See Secrets of Stonehenge video below.
This temple is in Athens, Greece, and it was built to honor Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and justice.
All roads may lead to Rome, and now they can start on your playground. Actual Size—Social Studies will let you impress students with Ancient Roman engineering.
Create a scale model of the Roman Colosseum.
Recreate the dimensions of a cross-section of the Great Wall of China.
Viking ships were wonders of nautical engineering. And every lesson on Viking conquests will come to life when students sit within the actual dimensions of a Viking raider!
Create an accurate, true-scale drawing of a Medieval castle and make history lessons come to life!
The Inuit invented a building that could be built quickly and keep them warm in a brutally cold environment.
Complete a drawing of an Iroquois Longhouse in order to experience the fascinating way these Native Americans lived.
Truly a tiny vessel in which to cross an unknown ocean, the Santa Maria is arguably the most important boat in history. Do students agree? Discuss it as they “stroll its deck”!
The ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World.
Recreate the Robert Fulton’s Clermont, the first financially successful steamship.
Recreate the Wright Brothers’ first flights! Students run, arms outspread, the actual distances the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk on that fateful day! See The Wright Brothers Have Lift Off video below.
Draw lines that represent the actual range of different weapons from prehistoric to modern times.
Recreate the Alamo in order to understand this important event in Texas history.
Discuss important presidential events while students sit “in” the Oval Office!
The Oval Office Blueprint from Actual Size—Social Studies
Recreate the Statue of Liberty’s torch so students can grasp this monument’s size! Click here for some fascinating Statue of Liberty statistics!
“By combining art, group work, and exploration, students learn through a fun, project based lesson instead of a desk-oriented classroom lesson. How rad!”
—Hilary, Mom and Teacher
The Colossus of Rhodes is one of the most astounding Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Create an outline of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and wow students with its impressive size!
Recreate the Statue of Zeus at Olympia!
“For kids who are artists at heart, this book helps develop their sense of proportion and reveals the intimate connection between math and art. What a treat to be able to cover such a variety of subjects (social studies/history, math, art, and reading) with one simple activity.”
—Monica Olivera, MommyMaestra
Recreate the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. You can find the drawing plan in Actual Size—Social Studies!
The Great Wall of China Blueprint from Actual Size—Social Studies
“Since we love hands-on activities we really enjoyed using these blueprints to create life-sized drawings of objects we had read about in books. Not only did this help my visual learner understand and appreciate the size and shape of items, it also gave my kinesthetic learner an opportunity to measure and draw and then pretend he was on an actual Viking ship!”
Have fun making an outline of a dugout canoe and a bull boat!
Help students create an outline of Hoa Hakananai’a (a Moai) in order to gain insight into the culture of Easter Island.
Tipis were houses that could be easily broken down and rebuilt. Recreate a Sioux tipi in order to gain insight into the Sioux way of life.
Students’ retention of lessons on frontier life shoot up when they learn in an “actual” log cabin!
Named for the Conestoga Valley in Pennsylvania, the sturdy Conestoga wagon carried people and freight westward from the mid 1700’s to the mid 1800’s.
The iconic Prairie Schooner remains the supreme symbol of American expansion west. Students are often surprised by how small the dimensions are.
Recreate a cabin built by enslaved Africans to understand the poor housing and living conditions they were forced to endure.
Recreate a one-room schoolhouse and give your students a taste of what school used to be like!
The Clermont Steamship Blueprint from Actual Size—Social Studies
Recreate the first American steam locomotive, as well as a modern locomotive, and discuss with students how far trains have come.
Recreate a WWI trench system to teach students about World War I.
Create an actual size diagram of a modern tank.
Create the dimensions of Mount Rushmore in order to visualize this great landmark.