Saturday, December 2, 2017

21 Elephants and Still Standing

Today we read a book called 21 Elephants and Still Standing. It was about when the Brooklyn Bridge was first built in 1880's built. Once the bridge was completed, it linked Brooklyn and New York City. But many were intimidated by its size, worried about its strength and questioned how long it would stand. P.T. Barnum, the creator of ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’, decided to stage a public spectacle to prove the bridge’s integrity. He planned a circus in Brooklyn and marched his elephants, all 21 of them, through Manhattan and across the bridge. The students worked in collaborating groups to construct their own bridges to hold 21 elephants. It was a great day connecting history with science and a whole lot of fun.

You can find the book and elephants on Amazon!! 

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