Second Grade AIM

Ancient China

Today in AIM

We continued to read about important landforms in China by focusing on the Himalaya Mountains and two major rivers (Yangtze River and Huang He River). To deepen our understanding of how these landforms were created we completed two experiments related to the geography of China. In the first one we watched a two minute video of a model of how it is believed the Himalaya Mountains were formed; we talked about how models help us understand and test out theories. Then we created our own model out of Milky Way mini chocolate bars. We observed, wrote, pushed them together and then ate them!




Our second experiment uncovered how rivers actually flow and their relation to mountains. First we looked at a flat map of the United States which outlined our major rivers. We were able to conclude that they all drained into an ocean. Then we built our own 3D paper mountains, predicted where we thought the rain (spray bottle) would flow off of our mountain and tested our theory. We went back to the map of the United States and added our major mountains and discovered that all major rivers start at mountains. This will all tie back into ancient China next week!

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