The Places We Will Go!

Learning About World Landmarks

Learning about the continents and oceans of the world is part of our second grade curriculum. That's why when Jennifer Wagner's project The Places We Will Go! came along, I knew it was a perfect match for our classroom work.

The following shows the miles from our school to each landmark - as the crow flies.
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Landmarks of the World

This project was a wonderful opportunity for the children to deepen their understanding of continents, countries, and cities. Each child chose one or two landmarks to research. The following are their reports.


Bungle Bungles
Distance from Arlington, MA - 10,391 miles (averaged)
My landmark is Bungle Bungles.
It is on the continent of Australia.
It is in the country of Australia.
It is in the state of Western Australia.
It is near the city/town of Kimberley.
It is 10, 439 miles from Arlington, MA.

Bungle Bungles is brown sandstone rock and also shaped like a dome. They were formed millions of years ago by nature. Bungle Bungles is in Purnululu National Park. That’s what I learned about Bungle Bungles!

by Jasmine

My landmark is Bungle Bungles.
It is on the continent of Australia.
It is in the country of Australia.
It is in the state of Western Australia.
It is near the town of Halls Creek.
It is 10, 433 miles from Arlington, MA.

The Bungle Bungles are large rocks with interesting minerals. Purnulula is the name of sandstone of the Bungle Bungles. They are a natural wonder of Australia.

by Maia


Table Mountain
Distance from Arlington, MA - 7,735 miles
My landmark is Table Mountain.
It is on the continent of Africa.
It is in the country of South Africa.
It is near the city/town of Cape Town.
It is 7, 735 miles from Arlington, MA.

Table Mountain is a 3, 563 foot high plateau above Cape Town. It is two miles long. It is often shrouded with clouds called the “Table Cloth.”

by Henry


Mount Everest
Distance from Arlington, MA - 7,394 miles (averaged)
My landmark is Mount Everest.
It is on the continent of Asia.
It is in the country of Nepal/Tibet.
It is 7, 390 miles from Arlington, MA.

Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth. It’s on the border of Nepal and Tibet, on the continent of Asia. Everest is so, so, so, so high that there is thin air at the top. It is 29, 028 feet above sea level.

The first to climb to the very top were Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary. Other people had tried, but they did not make it. Some people died and some people turned back. It is a very dangerous climb!

Nepalese and Tibetan people call Everest Sagarmatha and Chomolungma - they both mean Mother Goddess of the Earth. People from Tibet and Nepal ask the mountain for permission to climb it. They believe it is a very special place and have a lot of respect for the mountain.

by Drew


My landmark is Mount Everest.
It is on the continent of Asia.
It is in the country of Nepal/Tibet, China.
It is 7, 397 miles from Arlington, MA.

Mt. Everest is the highest mountain on Earth. It measures 8, 848 meters. Sagarmatha (means Goddess of the sky) is in Nepal.

by Telden


Badaling Great Wall of China
Distance from Arlington, MA - 6,732 miles (averaged)
My landmark is Badaling Great Wall.
It is on the continent of Asia.
It is in the country of China.
It is in Yanquig County.
It is 6, 720 miles from Arlington, MA.

The Badaling Great Wall is about 3, 282 feet tall and 20 feet wide. The wall was built to protect China from enemies. And did you know that you can see the Great Wall from space in radar pictures?

by Isabella

My landmark is Badaling Great Wall.
It is on the continent of Asia.
It is in the country of China.
It is in the city/town of Beijing.
It is 6, 744 miles from Arlington, MA.

You can see it from space. Two to three million people died when they were building the wall. They build the wall so no enemies could attack. It is about 3,900 miles long.

by Ryan


Tokyo Tower
Distance from Arlington, MA - 6,518 miles (averaged)
My landmark is Tokyo Tower.
It is on the continent of Asia.
It is in the country of Japan.
It is in the state of Tokyo prefecture.
It is in the city/town of Tokyo.
It is 6, 714 miles from Arlington, MA.

Tokyo Tower is the tallest tower in the world. it is painted orange and white and takes 140 drums of paint to coat it. It is lit up orange in winier and white in the summer. It is a radio tower.

by Tate

My landmark is Tokyo Tower.
It is on the continent of Asia.
It is in the country of Japan.
It is in the city/town of Minato, Tokyo.
It is 6, 321 miles from Arlington, MA.

Tokyo Tower was built in the year 1958. It was inspired by the Eiffel Tower! Tokyo Tower’s colors are white and international orange. People are going to build a new tower called Tokyo Sky Tree in the year 2011 because Tokyo Tower is not tall enough for the changing from analog to digital TV! Tokyo Tower is very far away from Arlington.

by Venice


Great Pyramids of Giza
Distance from Arlington, MA - 5,430 miles (averaged)
My landmark is the Great Pyramids of Giza.
It is on the continent of Africa.
It is in the country of Egypt.
It is in the city/town of Giza.
It is 5, 429 miles from Arlington, MA.

The Great Pyramids are 3-D triangular structures made of limestone. The Pharaoh Khufu built them as tombs for himself and his wives in 2, 560 B.C. Ancient Egyptians believed a person could get to the after-life by climbing the pyramid.

by Maia

My landmark is the Great Pyramids of Giza.
It is on the continent of Africa.
It is in the country of Egypt.
It is in the city/town of Cairo.
It is 5, 431 miles from Arlington, MA.

I thought it was cool that Pharaoh Khufu built the biggest, tallest Pyramid for his tomb, and he built two smaller ones for his wife. It is 487 feet tall.

by Jasmin


Easter Island
Distance from Arlington, MA - 5,198 miles (averaged)
My landmark is Easter Island.
It is on the continent of South America.
It is governed by the country of Chile.
It is a province.
It is 5, 027 miles from Arlington, MA.

Easter Island got its name because it was found on Easter Sunday 1722. There are 288 statues, called Moai, made out of lava rock, around the island. Nobody knows why they are there. It is all a mystery. The island is not very populated. It has 3, 791 people. They are called Rapa Nui. There are three non-active volcanoes. They are separated by low plains. I think it would be cool to go there.

by Samantha

My landmark is Easter Island.
It is on the continent of South America.
It is in the country of Chile.
It is in the city/town of Island Valparaiso.
It is 5, 369 miles from Arlington, MA.

Easter Island is one of the most remote spots on Earth, separated by more than two thousand miles of ocean from the nearest center of civilization.

by Nathaniel


Acropolis
Distance from Arlington, MA - 4,748 miles (averaged)
My landmark is the Acropolis.
It is on the continent of Europe.
It is in the country of Greece.
It is in the city/town of Athens.
It is 4, 750 miles from Arlington, MA.

The Acropolis is a hill in Athens, Greece where there are important ruins that still influence modern architecture. The soil was poor and the ground was hard and rocky so it was a hard site to build on. The most famous building on the Acropolis is the Parthenon temple dedicated to Athena. Athena was the Greek Goddess of wisdom and learning. Ancient Greeks believed she protected Athens.

by Zachary

My landmark is the Acropolis.
It is on the continent of Europe.
It is in the country of Greece.
It is in the city/town of Athens.
It is 4, 747 miles from Arlington, MA.

The word Acropolis means city on the edge. It took 8 years to build. The Parthenon is the largest and most famous of the buildings of the Acropolis.

by Michael M.


Big Ben
Distance from Arlington, MA - 3,279 miles (averaged)
My landmark is Big Ben.
It is on the continent of Europe.
It is in the country of England.
It is in the city/town of London.
It is 3, 282 miles from Arlington, MA.

1. People think Big Ben is the clock tower itself, but actually it is the massive bell inside the clock tower. The bell weighs more than 13 tons.
2. The tower was built in 1858 when the palace of Westminster was destroyed. It was first rung in 1859.

by Michael G.

My landmark is Big Ben.
It is on the continent of Europe.
It is in the country of United Kingdom.
It is in the city/town of London.
It is 3, 276 miles from Arlington, MA.

Big Ben is a man-made object. Big Ben is a large clock tower in London, England. Big Ben celebrates its 150th birthday in 2009. Big Ben is 315.9 feet tall.

by Ellyce


Mount Rushmore
Distance from Arlington, MA - 1,620 miles
My landmark is Mt. Rushmore.
It is on the continent of North America.
It is in the country of the United States.
It is in the state of South Dakota.
It is in the city/town of Keystone.
It is 1, 620 miles from Arlington, MA.

Mt. Rushmore has four presidents carved into it (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln). Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum were the artists who carved Mt. Rushmore. Mt. Rushmore is truly amazing.

by Kate


Gateway Arch
Distance from Arlington, MA - 1,030 miles
My landmark is the Gateway Arch.
It is on the continent of North America.
It is in the country of the U.S.A.
It is in the state of Missouri.
It is in the city/town of St. Louis.
It is 1, 030 miles from Arlington, MA.

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. It honors the Louisiana Purchase, where President Thomas Jefferson arranged for the United States to pay France $15, 000, 000 (15 million) for 828, 800 square miles. This land covered portions of 14 current U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces.

Building the Arch was very hard because they built the two legs at the same time. The builders could only be off by 1/64 of an inch or the legs would not meet at the top. Also, because the south leg faced the sun, the metal expanded more, and the two legs did not line up properly. The Missouri Fire Department came to the rescue, cooling the south leg with water from their fire hoses until the legs lined up.

Inside the Arch, there is a tram system. It was designed in only two weeks. It combines an elevator cable lift with special gimbaled cars, like a ferris wheel gondola. Eighty people can ride at one time instead of climbing the 1, 076 steps from the base to the observation deck.

by Zachary


My landmark is the Gateway Arch.
It is on the continent of North America.
It is in the country of the U.S.A.
It is in the state of Missouri.
It is in the city/town of St. Louis.
It is 960 miles from Arlington, MA.

The Gateway Arch is the tallest monument in the U.S.A. It is 630 feet all and 630 feet wide.

by Stephanie


Lincoln Memorial
Distance from Arlington, MA - 443 miles
My landmark is the Lincoln Memorial.
It is on the continent of North America.
It is in the country of the United States.
It is in the District of Columbia.
It is in the city/town of Washington, D.C.
It is 443 miles from Arlington, MA.

The Lincoln Memorial has 56 steps to get to the top. I saw on the walls a speech that Abraham Lincoln said. Also, I saw on one of the steps that Martin Luther King was engraved...I have a dream speech. Also, Abraham Lincoln will not be forgotten as our 16th president.

by Jasmine


The White House
Distance from Arlington, MA - 440 miles
My landmark is the White House.
It is on the continent of North America.
It is in the country of the United States.
It is in city/town of Washington, D.C.
It is 440 miles from Arlington, MA.

It was built between 1792 and 1800 and is the house where the president lives and works. It has been the house of every president of the U.S. since John Adams. I visited the White House on Spring break.

by Lucas


The Statue of Liberty
Distance from Arlington, MA - 188 miles
My landmark is the Statue of Liberty.
It is on the continent of North America.
It is in the country of the U.S.A.
It is in the state of New York.
It is in the city/town of New York City.
It is 188 miles from Arlington, MA.

The statue is 151’ 11” tall. It is made of copper that is two pennies thick. The weight of the statue is 450,000 pounds. It was a gift from France to the United States.

by Ryan

My landmark is the Statue of Liberty.
It is on the continent of North America.
It is in the country of the U.S.A.
It is in the state of New York.
It is in the city/town of New York City on Liberty Island.
It is 189 miles from Arlington, MA.

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French people. The Statue of Liberty is made out of copper. The robe and the torch is made out of it, too. Did you know it was a lighthouse? Yep, it was!

by Dania

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