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Students, after studying the history of the states most common architectural styles, are asked to gather together pictures that they think would represent each of the styles.
Young scholars complete independent studies about famous architects or buildings. In this architecture instructional activity, students discuss what they know about the subject with their teacher. Young scholars then select European architects and/or structures to research.
Learners learn the four orders of architecture: Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite and create their own 3D structures in this Art/Art History lesson for fourth through sixth grade. The lesson includes a book resource list for lesson enhancement.
Students observe the design of buildings, either first-hand within their communities or with photographs. The design relief tiles representing buildings studied and use the vocabulary of design elements and construction materials used in the buildings they are representing.
Students explore the role of gargoyles in New York City architecture as a starting point to considering architectural structures in their city. They create designs that illustrate ways in which those local structures may be enhanced by gargoyles.
Learners work in small groups to investigate a variety of art and architecture forms common during the Old Kingdom epoch in Ancient Egypt. Learners then evaluate how these art forms reflect a culture's beliefs and values. And, finally, groups do research on an assigned art form and create an example.
Fifth graders investigate a famous structure. In this Wonders of the World lesson, 5th graders examine the architecture of a famous structure of the world. Students answer questions about their structure. Students gather research, write a paragraph and find a picture of their structure. Students share in an exhibit.
Learners get involved in a unique collaboration that enhances their knowledge of architecture and design. Develop organizer resources with others. They are engulfed into a world of architects and museum specialists to facilitate the appreciation of the demands and potential of technology.
Students explore symmetry in architecture. In this cross curriculum art and architecture lesson, students fold paper to illustrate symmetry and identify symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes. Students observe photographs or take a walk in the neighborhood and identify symmetry used in architecture. Students participate in related web site activities and use wooden blocks to create examples of symmetrical structures.
Students consider the two finalists in the contest for architectural designs for the site of the World Trade Center. They create their own designs for a meaningful public space, then critique each other's designs.
You can introduce your students to the amazing world of ancient architecture with these lesson plans.
Students consider features of skyscraper using descriptive words, reflect on notion of skyscraper as orientation point in a city, and explore New York Times Building in Manhattan by reading and discussing article, "Pride and Nostalgia Mix in The Times's New Home." Students then investigate skyline of international city, choose skyscraper to research, sketch architectural additions, and/or create poems to describe their ideal urban structures.
After viewing images of vernacular and alternative architecture, budding designers collect materials to construct their own spacial design. They use gathered materials to construct a 3D model of the class space in a new way, yet completely to scale. This activity engages problem solving skills critical and creative thinking, as well as spatial awareness.
Eighth graders search a database for famous buildings in Illinois, and compare these structures to the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Students examine architectural designs and styles found in their state and/or community and create scrapbooks that identify those specific traits. This middle-level art lesson can be adapted to work in a social studies classroom.
Young scholars draw like an architect. In this interdisciplinary lesson, students research and draw several examples of different forms of architecture through societies, cultures and times, then present them to the 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.
Students consider the influence of the Greeks on American architecture. In this American Greek Revival architecture lesson, students identify the attributes of architectural style as they compare the Parthenon with the Lincoln Memorial. Several student materials accompany this lesson.
Third graders explore the structural composition of buildings and houses. In this math lesson, 3rd graders explain how architecture is related to mathematics. They create a blueprint of a structure with at least three different spaces.
Students investigate architectural techniques and housing designs before creating an individual plot design in this two-day introductory lesson. A video is provided as well as additional resource links.