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Sixth graders focus on the use of geometry when creating art. They begin to see the array of geometric concepts in works of art and architecture. Learners engage in visual art and architecture activities in order to further their understanding of the connection between geometry and art. This two-week series of lessons would be worthwhile to use with your class.
Art and architecture go hand-in-hand. Kids watch clips from the Hayo Miyazaki film Spirited Away to better understand Japanese customs and architecture. The discussion questions included are very good, and will help you lead the class in a focused discussion on why Japanese houses are constructed the way they are. The culminating activity provides them with the opportunity to construct their own rice paper screens.
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.
Third graders examine Greek architecture in Washington, DC. In 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!
As a part of an architecture unit, 10th graders research and draw a building's exterior. They view images of buildings Frank Lloyd Wright has designed, attend lecture, conduct research on architectural design, and then draw an exterior for a dream building. Note: The PowerPoint mentioned is not included; however, the names of the images are. Just look them up and make your own presentation.