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Students are introduced to green siding options and discover the variety of siding options and how certain siding choices are considered green. In this green siding options lesson, students install siding to sheathing. Students review the fundamentals of building construction and discover the skill of exterior sheathing.
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.
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.
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 experiment with the construction of shelters and the various types of architectural designs. In 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.