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Dig into this construction project in a big way! Learning about the English Channel Tunnel cuts across multiple curriculum areas.
A 31 mile-long tunnel sitting in a large cavern located 150 feet under the English Channel? Sounds like science fiction. The English Channel Tunnel is authentic, however, and carries people, cars, buses, and freight on high-speed trains between Folkestone, England, and Calais, France.
Students research the English Channel Tunnel (called the Chunnel or Euro Tunnel) to learn more about how it was designed and constructed. Why were so many resources put into building the Chunnel? How has it affected trade and travel between England and continental Europe?
Students find cross-section pictures of the Chunnel an use them as a guide to build a replica. Here's one way to construct a cross-section of this magnificent engineering feat. Students use their imagination to make an accurate replica of the Chunnel and the transportation routes within it.
Hold a shoebox bottom lengthwise. Ask an adult to help you cut two opposite sides with Crayola® Scissors so a piece will lift up to form the sky.
Cover the art area with recycled newspaper. Paint the inside of the box with Crayola Tempera and Brushes. Make descending layers of blue for sky, another shade of blue for water, and brown for the ground under the English Channel. Air dry.
With adult assistance, cut a cardboard tube in half with scissors. This will form the cross section of the tunnel. Trim off the top and glue the two pieces together with Crayola School Glue so they are as wide as the box. The inside (concave) of the tube faces out. Air dry.
On white construction paper, draw the locomotive and the double-decker carrier wagon of Le Shuttle train with Crayola Colored Pencils. Or make a sleek Eurostar train for passengers. Color the trains with Crayola® Markers. Glue the train into the Chunnel.
Find pictures of the flags of France and the United Kingdom. Draw and color them. Glue them to toothpicks. Air dry. Attach flags to the correct sides of the Chunnel.
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