#CelebrateWithDE – International Day for Monuments and Sites

Encourage your students to think about the cultural significance of monuments and commemorative sites on the International Day for Monuments and Sites, coming up next week. Around the world, people use specially designed statues, buildings, and works of art, or designated natural spaces, to memorialize, commemorate, and honor people and events in history. Thinking about the importance of honoring history and culture is a great exercise for students of all ages. These examples are just starters. Have your students explore people or events that interest them to see how they are commemorated.


Natural Monuments

We usually think of marble and stone when we think of monuments, but many monuments are designated natural spaces. Explore some with the following resources.

White Sands National Monument
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook, Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Showcases the white sands located in New Mexico’s desert.
 
United States Natural Monument
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Math Techbook, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Three thousand cherry trees blossom in Washington, D.C.
 
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Explores the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in Idaho and displays the North American fossils of prehistoric horses, beavers, mastodons, and camels.


Monuments Featuring People

Often, cultures celebrate important people in history by creating statues of them as part of memorials.
 
The PBS NewsHour: MLK Memorial Emerges from Stone
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

In August 2011, the new monument honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. opened to the public in Washington, D.C. This program tours the memorial, consisting of a thirty-foot sculpture of King…
 
United States: Martin Luther King Memorial
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, Video Segment

Visits the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.
 
Let’s Visit Mount Rushmore
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, Video Segment

Visit South Dakota and learn how Mount Rushmore was created by Gutzon Borglund as a giant tribute to the United States.
 
Mt. Rushmore National Memorial
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Describes the history of Mt. Rushmore and the man who designed it.


Ancient Sites and Monuments

People have been establishing sites and monuments since ancient times. Here are a couple of the most famous.

Machu Picchu: The Most Spectacular Monument of the Inca Civilization
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, Video Segment

In 1911, an ancient Incan monument was rediscovered on the ridge of the Andes Mountains. Machu Picchu consisted of a palace, workshops, and more than 100 stone staircases.
 
Angkor Wat
(Canadian Version)
Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, Video Segment

Investigates Angkor Wat, one of the largest temple complexes in the world, located in the Cambodian jungle of southeast Asia.


SOS Strategy

Spotlight on Strategies: Connect-Extend-Challenge
(Canadian Version)
All Services
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

This teaching strategy requires students to identify background knowledge, new learning, and fresh challenges. When students think critically about where information falls on their spectrum of learning, they are supported as they make connections and build understanding. Use the strategy with a variety of resources about monuments and encourage students to make connections between monuments, as they build their understanding of what a monument is and how it represents something of cultural significance.

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