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Students, after researching, discussing and analyzing vernacular architecture in detail, answer a question and answer sheet, review an extensive vocabulary of key words, complete an activity sheet on the key words, and critique a painting of Bermudian vernacular architecture. In addition, they examine a time line for architecture in Bermuda.
Second graders study the meaning of the term architecture and identify arches and lines in a building in Balimore.
Young scholars analyze Victorian architectural patterns wit regard to materials, doorways, windows, towers, bays, roofs, and decoration. Students discern varying architectural traits by studying Victorian era pictures and drawings and using a checklist. Lastly young scholars write real estate ads for Victorian homes. Lesson includes glossary, bibliography, and coloring page.
Learners are introduced to the basics of architectural history and historic preservation using research, documentation, and a field trip to decode the meaning and value of historic properties in their own communities.
Students use the internet in order to investigate the architecture of China. This is done in order to build an appreciation for the structures of buildings and how they communicate the culture.
Students are introduced to the concept of architecture and how it has changed over time. In groups, they discuss how the places people have built reflects their values and needs. They use the internet to research the history of buildings in their community and new technology emerging.
Students explore the qualities of tangible and intangible using the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. After a brief introduction of the vocabulary, they use the internet to research the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Once they have completed their research, students write a paragraph describing the tangible and intangible elements of Lloyd's designs.
Learners explore types of architecture and how it has changed throughout history. They predict what homes of the future may look like. Students investigate a variety of well known architects from around the world and from different periods in history through the use of a variety of multi-media.
Students prepare a "camera's-eye" view of the local architecture and then analyze their findings from an historical perspective.
Eighth graders use pictures of their homes to develop a timeline designed using a word processing table feature. They analyze the cultural and environmental differences in the architecture from past to present.
Fifth graders visit Early Huguenot Street which showcases several examples of architecture and design from before 1720. They, in groups, record information on specific houses, arrange the information in a puzzle format and present it to the class.
Students investigate how an understanding of interior design, architecture and landscape can be shaped by the logic and style of commercial catalogs. Students use provided software to explore suggested Catalog themes.
Fourth graders explore the characteristics of three-dimensional forms. After identifying shapes such as cylinders, rectangular prisms, triangular prisms and more, 4th graders create a value scale and explore how to shade drawings to demonstrate their three-dimensional forms. They observe architecture created from three-dimensional shapes.
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. 
How does one become a catalyst for change? What are the challenges faced by those who take a stand for change? What part do the arts play in cultural change? Using primary and secondary sources from the 1920s and 1930s, class members explore these questions and craft an essay that presents their reflections. The packet includes a brief plan but the real value is in the resources included. Provided are a resource list, a reflective essay writing assignment, rubric, and exemplary writing sample. In addition, templates for “Power Quotes,”  historic events, famous people, significant art and architecture, education issues, fads, fashions, literature, music, and radio shows are provided.
Students explore a computer-aided design program. Students chart out roller coaster design, computer graphics and architecture. Students focus on understanding the connections between mathematics, science, technology and innovation.
Students discover the meaning of symbols, artifacts, and other architecture in the church.  In this church symbolism lesson, students work in groups to research symbols and images and present their findings to the class.  Students also write a report on their findings.
Learners are introduced to the applied arts and focus on the applied art of architecture. They examine how architecture communicates messages about the people in a community who use a building. Students study the facade of their school and then create an observation drawing.
Art and architecture are great ways to help define historical periods and cultural norms. Take a critical look at the art of the Byzantine period as seen under Justinian rule. Iconography, vocabulary, religious, and political concepts are depicted through the art of the time. 
Students design an on campus treasure hunt to find various architectural vocabulary words which they then create definitions for on the blog page on the Environmental Design website.