Well, I’m back in the Student Blogging Challenge! I am again both a mentor and a participant. This time, I’m mentoring 20 10-year olds. Its going to be a big job, juggling my mentoring, my participation, and my school work, but I think I can do it. Anyway, I didn’t put up a post for Challenge 1 because I already did everything for it. So here’s Challenge 2, Activities 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7. Hope you enjoy it!
ACTIVITY 1- How old is your local town or city? When was it established? Who named it? Why was it given that name? Introduce us to the history of your local area.
Jacksonville, FL first started 6,000 years ago. Pottery was found that is the second oldest in the US! In the 1500’s, the Mocama Indians were living there. Ponce De Leon landed in Florida in 1513, but it wasn’t until June 22, 1564 that Fort Caroline was founded in the Jacksonville area by René Goulaine de Laudonnière for France. Tradegies afflicted the fort, including mutinies and the Spanish arriving in St. Augustine. A force was sent out to destroy the St. Augustine fort, but it was caught in a storm. The Spanish took Fort Caroline and renamed it San Mateo. The Spanish gave up Florida to the British. That is when Cowford started, the first “city”, later becoming Jacksonville. After a few years control went back to Spain, and Cowford continued to grow. Florida was given to the US in 1821, and plans were dawn out to make a city. They decided to name it Jacksonville, after Andrew Jackson. It was a major part in the American Civil War, and after the war it became a tourist attraction. It suffered a big fire on May 3, 1901 that destroyed most of downtown. Jacksonville was the big movie producer of the US before Hollywood. It had a big role in World War II because of its Navy base. Finally, in 1968 all of Duval County was united to become the Consolidated City of Jacksonville. That is when Jacksonville was finally complete.
ACTIVITY 2– Name 5 places in your local area you think visitors should see. Give reasons why.
1. MOSH (Museum of Science And History)
MOSH is a really fun museum. It was rated #18 on TripAdvisor. It has a planetarium, park, mini zoo, and amazing exhibits. On the first floor they have a gift shop, little kid area, human body exhibit, marine mammals exhibit, the mini zoo, and a science and pressure activity. On the second floor they have a major exhibit that changes and a walkthrough of Jacksonville’s history. The third floor is offices and another exhibit that changes. MOSH is a fun museum that I recommend for all.
Rated #57 on list of attractions on Trip Advisor,The Jacksonville Landing is a mall-like place located on the St. John’s River. It has a big food court, shops, and events all the time. It’s a great place to go for first-time visitors to Jacksonville. However, it needs some cleaning-up.
Rated #5 on Trip Advisor, the Jacksonville Zoo has a detailed map of all of the animal exhibits. I like how they grouped them into catagories by continent so it feels like I’m traveling to every continent. They need to add Antarctica! They have a train with two stations, a water park, a merry-go-round, a really fun playground and lots of oppurtunities to learn. The Jacksonville Zoo is a great place, but it can get crowded and very hot on summer days.
This great arcade, water park, and amusement park all rolled into one got #13 on the Jacksonville activities list on TripAdvisor. It’s arcade includes fun games, a restaurant and laser tag. Outside, they have miniature golf, a batting cage, a mini roller coaster, and a racing track. They also have the water park, with a lazy river, water play village with big and little slides, and numerous water attractions. They have a slide that lands in the lazy river, a half pipe, a slide with a toilet bowl, and another slide with tubes. The have great food choices and a overpriced gift shop. Excluding the gift shop, it’s perfect. The only thing I don’t like is that the slides get boring after a while.
The Main Jacksonville Library, downtown, is very big with tons of books and activities. It’s very well organized. Recommended for bookworms who need to use up a whole day reading.
ACTIVITY 3- You might need to research this – are there any other towns around the world with the same name as yours? Where are they?
Besides Jacksonville, Florida, there’s a Jacksonville in North Carolina, Arkansas, Illinois, Texas, Alabama, New York, and Oregon.
ACTIVITY 4- What makes you feel proud to be Australian or American or a citizen of your country? How can new residents become citizens in your country? September 17 is Citizenship Day in Australia. Do you have something like that in your country?
Go to this link.
ACTIVITY 7- Write about some of the iconic landmarks from your country – these could be natural like the Grand Canyon or Great Barrier Reef or man made such as Statue of Liberty or Sydney Opera House. Remember to write in your own words, not just copy and paste from a website.
One of my favorite landmarks of the US is Mount McKinley, located in Alaska. It is 20,237 ft and 6,168 m tall. It is the third most prominent peak in the world. It is the tallest mountain in North America, making it one of the Seven Summits (the tallest mountains on each of the continents). It’s the 3rd tallest of the Seven Summits. It is the 111th tallest in the world. I think it is so special because it is so tall and very beautiful, and an important part of mountain history.
This is a really nice picture of Mt. McKinley.
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