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Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China

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The Terracotta Army was discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging for a well in Xi'an, China. The army was buried with the first emperor of China, Ch'in Shi Huang-ti. Their purpose was to help him rule another empire in the afterlife. There are more than 8,000 soldiers. No two are the same!


Ch'in Shi Huang-ti was thirteen years old when he became ruler of Qin. That's when he ordered the construction of the Terracotta Warriors. The construction lasted until his death– nearly thirty-seven years!


Ch'in-Shi Huang-ti's significant contributions include beginning construction of the Great Wall of China, standardizing Chinese units of measurements and currency, and unifying Chinese script.

Chinese Word Find

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Make Chinese Paper Lanterns

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Make Chinese Dumplings

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Bubba and Squirt's Mayan Adventure

Amazing Facts:

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Altun Ha, located in the country of Belize, was an important ceremonial center for the ancient Mayan Indians.

 

It is believed that Altun Ha had been established around the year 25 BC. It covers nearly two square miles and contains more than five hundred structures. The largest pyramid, The Temple of Masonry Altars, rises to a height of 54 feet.

 

The original name of the site is unknown, but the current name, Altun Ha, means “rockstone pond.” It is named after a nearby village.

 

Altun Ha is an active archeological site. Over three hundred jade objects have been found there, including an ornately carved head of the Mayan sun god, Kinich Ahua. The head weighs nearly ten pounds and is believed to be the largest Mayan jade carving in existence. Archeologists estimate that there are still between two hundred fifty and three hundred unexcavated mounds, so who knows what treasures have yet to be discovered!

Make Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Make Fry Jacks

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Spanish Word Find

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Mayan Math

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Make a Mayan Pot

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Bubba and Squirt's City of Bones

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The catacombs are an underground gravesite located in the Place Denfer-Rochereau district of Paris. The bones were once buried in the cemetery of the Innocent, in the district of Halles. The cemetery became overcrowded, resulting in sickness for the residents of the area. The government decided that the bones should be transferred to a better location. They chose an old stone mine. On April 7, 1786, removal of the bones began, and continued until 1788. The site contains the remains of about six million people. The catacombs were opened to the public in 1874. 

French Word Find

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Make Crepes

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Bubba and Squirt's Shield of Athena

Amazing Facts: 

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Make Baklava

The Acropolis is the ancient ruins of a city located on a high, rocky hill overlooking the modern city of Athens, Greece. There are several buildings there, but probably the most famous is the Parthenon, a temple honoring Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and war. Construction of the Parthenon began in 447 BCE and was completed nine years later. It housed a huge forty-foot statue of the goddess sculpted by Pheidieas. The original sculpture is no longer there, but a small copy is on display in the National Archeological Museum.

 

The Parthenon has been used as a church, mosque, and arsenal. It suffered severe damage through the years. At the time of this writing, projects are underway to restore the Parthenon, along with other buildings of the Acropolis.  

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More activities and teacher resources can be found here.

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