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Students explore the relationship between nature and architecture. In this cross curriculum history, culture, and architecture lesson, students observe and discuss structures visible in nature. Students view websites in which Native American and other homes of the past are illustrated, and make connections between the climate, geographical features, materials and design of the homes. Students work with a group to design and build a biomimicry-inspired 3D structure.
In this architecture instructional activity, students use their workbook to answer short answer questions about architecture and sketch buildings. Students complete 5 questions total to get their merit badge.
Students explore the Parthenon. In this lesson on Greek Architecture, students view a video on classical architecture, then split into groups to research assigned architectural elements such as capitals, columns and floors. They then present their research to the class.
Taking a walk around you town center can turn into a lesson about math and architecture.
Have your class construct their own architectural letter. This art project focuses on architecture, or the art of building. You can connect this activity to a biography activity. Your class can decorate their initial to reflect their personalities.
Students view examples of architecture from throughout history. They design and draw homes, pyramids, temples and castles incorporating such elements as arches, columns and domes.
Students use art and mathematics to learn about the art of architecture, while studying four well-known structures around the world. Students create three-dimensional pieces of art similar to those they are studying in the unit.
Students examine the connection between geometry and architecture. In this geometry and architecture lesson, students view a video which details a geometry class design project. Students then use the Internet in a scavenger hunt to find architecture and geometry terms.
Pupils consider the impact of architecture around the world. In this introductory architecture lesson, students view a sideshow of historic structures and create their own architectural structures using the listed art supplies.
Students examine Roman architecture. In this ancient Rome instructional activity, students discuss some attributes of Roman architecture prior to conducting research on the use of classical Roman architecture in modern buildings.
Students examine Gothic architecture. In this architecture lesson, students view a slide show of Gothic structures and attributes. Students then research the symbolism in Gothic churches. As a culminating activity students write reflections of the Gothic architecture.
In this boy scout merit badge: landscape architecture activity, student research the topic with the websites listed, answer 6 detailed questions about related careers, job description, education and qualifications, then perform specific tasks in the field.
Students research the social, economic, and architectural characteristics that distinguish different cultures and civilizations in two different cities of the world. They prepare a comparative pictorial and written report on the two locations. Students design two city skylines at night that include both modern and historic architectural elements that are authentic to these cities.
Students examine how architecture reflects historical time periods. They conduct research on the History Detectives website, complete a fact sheet, sequence photographs of different architectural styles, and create an illustration of a house.
Third graders examine Greek architecture in Washington, DC. For this Greek architecture lesson, 3rd graders view pictures from the Library of Congress and Google images. Students note the characteristics of the style find examples of it in other areas of our world. Students analyze the contributions of the Greek and how they influence our present day world.
Compare ancient and modern architecture by asking your historians to view photographs or slides of Roman and Greek architecture. They will complete a 3 circle Venn diagram labeled "Ancient Greece," "Rome," and "Modern Day United States," then write reflections about how the diagram illustrates how the United States architecture is modeled after great civilizations with similar ideals. This would be a wonderful activity to pair with a field trip!
Students research architectural designs of the Portland, Oregon metro area in this excellent lesson provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. While this unit is written with Portland, Oregon in mind, teachers can adapt for any geographic region.
Young scholars listen to a book, "This is My House" and sing a song to the tune of Home on the Range. They use the internet to view examples of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture. Students take pictures of architectural details of their homes or communities and use these as a basis for a writing assignment.
High schoolers study geometric figures that are apparent in local architecture. They sketch these geometric shapes, scan the drawings, and include them in a final web page which they design. Also, working in a small groups or individually, they design a building with the shapes they identified which is included on their web page. While working the students use a rubric to assess their web site.
Learners study the different styles and innovations of building in ancient cultures. They identify significant features of each civilization and choose an ancient civilization architectural style to draw a two point perspective building.