Arts and Humanities: The Seven Wonders of the World.
Identify/talk about the most beautiful places they have seen in their own community. Where is each of those beautiful things? Are they natural or manmade?
Identify places in their state that might be among the most beautiful/remarkable.
Introduce students to the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Share pictures of them from one of these Internet sources:
The Seven Wonders of the World (infoplease) Seven Wonders of the World (NationMaster) Wonders of the World (ThinkQuest) The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (Travel Channel)
Create a simple timeline to illustrate when the 7 Wonders were constructed.
Choose one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Have students use library and/or Internet resources to learn more about the "Wonder." Among the information students will want to find is when the Wonder was built, who built it, where was it built, and does it still exist? Before the end of the class period, bring the groups back together so they can share the information they have found.
Extension: Wonders of the Modern World Now that students have learned about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, let them work in their groups to brainstorm places in the "Modern World" that they might nominate for a list of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World." Groups should come up with as many places as they can list. Give students about 10 minutes to brainstorm, then bring them back together to share their lists and to create a class list of places that might warrant being included on a list of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World."
Introduce students to a list of the actual Seven Wonders of the Modern World. You might use one of these Internet resources: