Our World

Where is Monroe, North Carolina?

  •  Where is Rocky River Elementary in the World?    34° 59′ N / 80° 36′ W

It is in the Piedmont region of North Carolina.  There are over 800 students.   Over 40 classrooms.

We have been learning about latitude and longitude and maps from Our World Our Numbers.  This next week when we return to school we would like some help to understand how big your city is and how much different areas of the world recycles in our own mapping project.

Rocky River Elementary School is in Monroe, North Carolina.

North Carolina is bordered by South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia, as well as the Atlantic Ocean along its eastern coast. Off the coast of North Carolina, out in the Atlantic Ocean, are a string of barrier islands, called the Outer Banks, the site of the Wright brothers first flights, the Kitty Hawk flying experiments.

North Carolina’s main geographic features are the coastal plains and the Appalachian Mountains. The sub ranges of the Appalachians located in North Carolina are the Great Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Great Balsam Mountains, and the Black Mountains, which have the highest in the eastern United States, Mount Mitchell.

North Carolina is one of the fifty states in the USA.  California is all the way across the United States.  You can drive there in several days.  It’s between four and five hours to fly there.

The United States (50 States) joins Canada (10 provinces and 3 territories )  to make up what is known as North America.   Bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west side and the Atlantic Ocean on the east side.

Flight Distance

Monroe to Middleham UK—3924.69 miles / 6316.18 km

Monroe to Sydney, Australia-  9486.7 miles / 15267.36 km

Monroe, NC to Victoria, Australia–9902.31 miles / 15936.23 km

Monroe to Los Angeles California   2146.63 miles / 3454.67 km  driving time  2442.18mi / 3930.3km

Monroe to British Columbia Canada and Mrs. Watson’s Class  2636.95 miles / 4243.76 km

Monroe to Palmerston North, New Zealand-     8343.44 miles / 13427.47 km



Inquiry about Currency Around the World

Our dollar bill also referred to as a buck has George Washington the first president.  Not all of our bills have Presidents but several do.  Our coins are penny (1cent) nickel (5cents), dime (10 cents), quarter (25 cents), half dollar or fifty cent piece (50 cents.  Four quarters make a dollar.  10 dimes make a dollar.


This week we’ve had the opportunity to learn about currency from some of our blogging friends from around the world in their project Our World, Our Numbers.  http://ourworldournumbers.edublogs.org/2013/02/25/australian-currency/


We had already been solving word problems with money the previous week so this fit into our extended global learning about other countries and their money.

We loved the Canadian video about their coins, Mrs. Yollis’s video about the President’s and coins in America.  We discovered that our bills are not as colorful as they are in other parts of the world.  They are called bucks or bills here and notes in some places.  We liked seeing our friends in Middleham shopping in an actual store.   We can’t just take a walk and go to the store at our school.   We have to plan months in advance for a couple of field trips per year then we send home a permission slip for parents to give permission to go and then we travel by bus to our destination.  We thought New Zealand and Australia both had colorful money.

This is a local ad for groceries in our area.   Prices vary each week and by different stores.



We played some games and learned more about money at this site from the US Mint.



We decided to look at the British Museum video about the history of money.