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Creating buildings that reach hundreds of feet into the sky is no easy task. The third lesson plan in this series begins with four activities that engage young architects in exploring the major challenges that are faced when designing and building skyscrapers. The class then looks at a picture of a skyscraper taken during construction as they learn about the different structural components of these enormous buildings. Depending on the age of the students, supplement this lesson plan with a discussion about the different technologies that made the construction of skyscraper possible. This would be a great lesson plan to include in a social studies unit on industrialization during the mid to late 19th century.
Students examine the causes of tsunamis and observe a table top wave making machine. They make model houses while working in groups so that the can see how different construction types work. They discuss how engineers can design and construct buildings that are resistant to the destructive waves using available material.
Students experiment with the construction of shelters and the various types of architectural designs.  For this shelters lesson, students draw the building they live in.  Students compare and contrast buildings made today and made 150 years ago.  Students recognize that individual rooms in shelters have changed.
Apply geometric properties and formulae for surface area and volume by constructing a three-dimensional model of a city. Learners use similar and congruent figures and transformations to create a city of at least 10 buildings. They trade with classmates, who calculate surface area and volume of some of the structures. Refers to a Discovery Education video/DVD to support and enrich the project; a link takes you to a website to order it. Charts mentioned are not attached.
Learners investigate different types of building structures and how they are able to stand up to earthquakes. Through comparison they determine which buildings are better able to handle earthquakes than others. They create a building, based on specific parameters, out of material assigned to them.
Students explore the process of building. In this early childhood art lesson plan, students read a book pertaining to construction, discuss the workers needed to build buildings, and develop a chart to summarize the stages of construction.
Students are introduced to some number patterns using buildings constructed with squares. They construct tables of patterns and finding the recurrence rule for a simple pattern where the increase from term to term is a constant.
Students explore the concept of law of sines and cosines. In this law of sines and cosines instructional activity, students construct a triangle tool from card stock and markers. Students use their triangle tool to aid in solving problems involving law of sines and law of cosines.
Young scholars study the law of sine and cosine. In this pre-calculus lesson plan, students create a triangle and identify the different ratios of a non-right triangle. They use the properties of sine and cosine to solve.
Students explore the process of construction and architecture. In this construction research lesson, students complete image based discussion activities and three related activities for architecture and design.
Students examine an area of land and assess its suitability for construction purposes. This project requires a vast amount of hands-on experimentation, data analysis, community involvement, and job shadowing/career awareness.
Students discuss construction while reading The Three Little Pigs.  In this construction lesson, students make original blueprints and use popsicle sticks to build a house.  Students sing about construction.  Students paint outside their classroom. Students discuss the shapes of various buildings.
Students investigate how rocks are modified into construction materials. In this building up and breaking down lesson plan, students explore what happens to building materials over time and how people modify natural materials. Students explore the building materials on their school campus and take a trip to a cemetery to observe weathering of rocks.
Young scholars investigate the concept of building materials and how they are used to create different things. They focus upon the availability, cost, flexibility, and strength of different building materials. This is done by taking part in a creative experiment.
Young scholars construct models of the Chicago Skyline, a school blueprint, and a tour of Chicago. In this construction lesson plan, students construct models using glue, grid paper, blue prints, markers, scissors, and other building supplies. Young scholars use ratios when determining appropriate scales for their models.
The construction of skyscrapers is no simple undertaking, involving the careful coordination and planning of many different people. The third lesson plan in this series explores this detailed process by first teaching children about the main structural components of these massive buildings. With this new knowledge, young architects then work in small groups reading through primary source documents from the construction of the Empire State Building, answering a series of questions in order to develop a clear understanding of the process involved in building structures of this magnitude. This is a great lesson plan that demonstrates the impact of the industrial revolution on the growth of American urban centers.
Skyscrapers are amazing feats of architectural design that create the iconic skylines of the world's biggest cities. Young architects explore the defining characteristics of these monstrous towers with the first lesson in this four-part series. By looking at pictures of different structures, children learn to distinguish between those that can be classified as skyscrapers and those that are just big buildings. Include this lesson series in a social studies unit on the industrial revolution and or as a part of an architecture unit in an engineering class.
Young scholars discuss the names of the people who work on various stuctures. They examine the many different roles people in construction can have. They match tools with the correct job and sing songs about workers.
Part of art history class is being able to identify buildings and recall who made them, when they were constructed, and in what style. Learners will have five minutes to identify Bramante's Tempietto; a famous Roman building constructed in 1508. 
Watch this inspiring TED Talk by architect Thomas Heatherwick on the creation of the Seed Cathedral. Heatherwick tells a story of innovation and sustainability through displaying five recent projects his firm has worked on. Your learners will be engaged by the way Heatherwick's firm has approached building construction and will be inspired to learn more. To help the flow of the lesson after learners watch the TED Talk, lead them to do the Think assessment with the support of the Dig Deeper resources and the Discuss question can be answered last or as a homework assignment. 

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