Building Construction Teacher Resources
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Building a Skyscraper
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.
2nd - 4th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Discovering Math: Exploring Geometry
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.
6th - 8th Math CCSS: Adaptable
Good Old Earth Materials
Students 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.
K - 4th Science
Housing: Types of Shelters
Young scholars experiment with the construction of shelters and the various types of architectural designs. In this shelters lesson, students draw the building they live in. Young scholars compare and contrast buildings made today and made 150 years ago.
3rd - 8th Visual & Performing Arts
Middle schoolers construct a three-dimensional model of a city using both similar and congruent figures and geometric transformations. City must have at least ten buildings with each building labeled and may be constructed out of paper or modeling clay.
6th - 8th Math CCSS: Adaptable
TE Activity: Survive That Tsunami!
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.
3rd - 5th Technology & Engineering
Building a Skyscraper
The construction of skyscrapers is no simple undertaking, involving the careful coordination and planning of many different people. The third activity in this series explores this detailed process by first teaching children about the main structural components of these massive buildings.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
What is a Skyscraper?
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 plan in this four-part series.
2nd - 6th Technology & Engineering CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Mayan Mathematics and Architecture
Take young scholars on a trip through history with this unit on the mathematics and architecture of the Mayan civilization. Starting with a introduction to their base twenty number system and the symbols they used, this eight-lesson unit goes on to compare the mathematics of other ancient cultures, before investigating the unique architecture of these native Central Americans.
4th - 8th Math CCSS: Adaptable
Surveying and Assessing the Environmental Compatibility of a Building Construction Site
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.
11th - 12th Science
Constructions and Creations: Sturdy Structures
Have your class draw the plans and design a structure. Learners discuss and investigate the variables in the stability of a 2D and 3D model. They also consider how to add a circuit to the design. Afterwards, they present their work.
Pre-K - 4th Technology & Engineering CCSS: Adaptable
Architecture on Ice: The Challenge of Building on Permafrost
Students identify the problems associated with building a structure on permafrost. In this physical science lesson, students investigate how heat and pressure affect the rate of ice melting. They read an article about traditional housing and write an essay that explains why the permafrost underneath the structures did not thaw.
9th - 10th Visual & Performing Arts
The Magic Box
Upper graders recognize, describe, create and extend repeating and arithmetic patterns. In these patterns/relationship lessons, students are actively engaged in the exploration of patterns as the sing, clap, and identify patterns in the teacher's "magic box".
1st - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts
Activity Plan 4-5: Under Construction!
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.
Pre-K - K Visual & Performing Arts
The Laws of Sines and Cosines Made Simple!
Young scholars 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. Young scholars use their triangle tool to aid in solving problems involving law of sines and law of cosines.
10th - 12th Math
Construction Lesson Plan
Students discuss construction while reading The Three Little Pigs. In this construction lesson plan, students make original blueprints and use popsicle sticks to build a house. Students sing about construction. Students paint outside their classroom.
Pre-K English Language Arts
Building Up, Breaking Down
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.
3rd - 8th Science