THIS is not your average sandcastle.
In fact, standing at 16.68m tall (that’s the size of Queensland’s Big Pineapple), this supersized pile of sand now holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s highest sandcastle.
The sand sculpture was organised by a travel operator in the German city of Duisburg and was built by 19 master sandcastle constructors over a month.
A whopping 3500 tonnes of sand were transported to the former steelworks site in the lead-up to the build.
Jack Brockbank, a representative of Guinness World Records, certified the record on Friday. It takes the title from a 14.84m sandcastle built early this year in India.
The sculptors had previously* attempted* to break the record last year but failed and decided to change the type of sand they used for their second shot.
“It did not collapse because the quality of the sand was better than previous attempts, the weather was good and very good planning,” Ukrainian Eugenia Kolot said.
The new sandcastle is decorated with sand models of tourist attractions such as Athens’ Acropolis, Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Great Sphinx of Giza, Venice’s Rialto Bridge and Elvis Presley’s gravesite.
It is supposed to stand until at least September 24.
previously: done before
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Activity 1. World record sandcastle
Write a plaque to go in front of this sandcastle with all the important details about its creation. Include who built it, when it was built, how long it took to build and where and why it was built.
White this in the form of a paragraph.
• What things worked in favour of this World Record attempt being successful?
• How much taller is this sandcastle than the previous Guinness World Record for the highest sandcastle?
• How many kilograms of sand did they use to build the sandcastle? Convert tons to kilograms.
Extension: How tall is this castle?
Can you replicate the exact height of this castle using people from your class?
Measure the heights of everyone in your class.
Using these heights, can you come up with a combination of students whose height combines to the same height as the sandcastle?
When you think you have a solution, ask these students to lie down in a long line and measure the total length with a tape measure.
Were you correct?
If it is not the exact length you expected can you give possible reasons why?
Time: allow 40 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Mathematics
Activity 2. Sand sculpture
Draw a design for another sandcastle to rival this creation.
Choose some famous Australian landmarks to decorate your castle with.
Extension: Famous landmarks
The sandcastle created in Germany is decorated with a number of sand models of famous tourist attractions.
Find out the following about each landmark and display the information in a table:
• Name of landmark
• Country and city
• When was it built?
• Who was it designed by?
Time: allow 60 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, The Arts — Visual Arts, Humani ties — Geography, History
Extra resources: Large space where students can lie down in a long line, 20m measuring tape, calculators, access to information about famous landmarks.
(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)
Opener dice game
Highlight all the openers in the article.
Pick six varied openers to use in your dice game.
Roll the dice and see if you can create a new sentence using the opener.
You can do this verbally or write it down.
Then it’s your partner’s turn.
After five minutes, change the sentence openers to higher level ones.
Add a connectives grid as well to make compound sentences.
Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Big Write, VCOP
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