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CCSS: 3.MD.B.3, 4.MD.A.2

TEKS: 3.8A, 3.8B, 4.9A, 4.9B, 5.9C


Take a trip around the world and learn about new countries. This month we’re going to Italy!

Jim McMahon/MAPMAN ® (Italy map); (all other images)


The city of Venice is built on the water! It’s made up of 118 separate islands linked by 400 bridges. 


At a bank called Credito Emiliano, cheese is currency! Local cheese makers have exchanged about 430,000 wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano for loans.


The Tower of Pisa leans because it was built on soft, unstable ground. In 1990, it tilted 5.5 degrees. After a major project to rescue the tower, it tilts only 3.9 degrees.  


Italy has three active volcanoes: Etna, Stromboli, and Vesuvius. Mount Vesuvius famously destroyed the city of Pompeii in 79 A.D. It has erupted more than 50 times!

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