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Architecture of the Ancient World
You can introduce your students to the amazing world of ancient architecture with these lesson plans.
Japanese Architecture for Elementary School Students
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.
Transformations: Architectural Elevations
Fourth graders create a design for a fort or tree house using blocks. In this architecture lesson plan, 4th graders make a collage and then use that to make their design.
Biomimicry, Nature: Architecture of the Future
Students explore the relationship between nature and architecture. In this cross curriculum history, culture, and architecture instructional activity, 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.
Architecture: merit badge
In this architecture worksheet, students use their workbook to answer short answer questions about architecture and sketch buildings. Students complete 5 questions total to get their merit badge.
Our Architectural Heritage
Students demonstrate awareness of historical architectural characteristics and analyze building styles and materials in regard to geographical location.
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.
Making the Connection: Math and Architecture
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.
It's Not Conjecture, Look! It's Architecture!
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.
Architecture for the Masses
Students learn about Frank Lloyd Wright's philosophy of architecture and will relate this philosophy to a discussion of the role of democracy in art and architecture. Students will discuss the types of architecture and new construction in their community.
Greek Architecture in Washington DC
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.
Greece and Rome Architecture Reflected in Federal Buildings Thinking Routine
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!
The Architectural Achievements of Augustus
Students examine the basic concepts of Greek and Roman architecture. They identify, in Latin, line drawings of the architectural features mentioned by Augustus and locate them on a map of Rome.
Pupils view examples of architecture from throughout history. They design and draw homes, pyramids, temples and castles incorporating such elements as arches, columns and domes.
Architecture Through the Ages
Learners 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.
Connecting the Dots? Geometry and Architecture
Students examine the connection between geometry and architecture. For 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.
Opening Lesson Architecture
Students 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.
Learners examine Roman architecture. In this ancient Rome lesson plan, 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.