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Housing: Types of Shelters
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.
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. 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.
Good Old Earth Materials
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.
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.
Building Patterns Constantly
Learners 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.
The Laws of Sines and Cosines Made Simple!
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.
The Laws of Sines and Cosines Made Simple!
Students study the law of sine and cosine. In this pre-calculus lesson, students create a triangle and identify the different ratios of a non-right triangle. They use the properties of sine and cosine to solve.
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.
Artist's Work/Artist's Voice: Louis I. Kahn
Learners explore the process of construction and architecture. In this construction research instructional activity, students complete image based discussion activities and three related activities for architecture and design.
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. A two-dimensional representation, drawn to scale, must be included as well.
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.
Building the Seed Cathedral
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.
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.
Design a Green Rooftop Garden
Design and construct buildings with rooftop gardens. Junior engineers work in groups to build two buildings and then perform experiments to determine whether or not a garden affects the building temperatures. They graph and interpret their results. This comprehensive project even incorporates a budgeting worksheet! If you have the time and the space, this well-written, memorable, and educational lesson could be the focal point of an interdisciplinary unit.
Students can explain the causes of a tsunami and its effects. In this tsunami lesson plan, students create a tsunami generator. Students create waves with a metal plate. students create houses and find which designs last best in a tsunami. Students complete four trial of each building created. Students discuss results.
Ben Franklin and the Rising Americans
Students prepare for and learn through a walking tour of Philadelphia. In this history lesson plan, students support their studies with a field trip. This lesson plan could be adapted to suit regions with other historic places or museums.
Charleston Architectural Study
Student learn about the historical significance and local history of Charlestown SC. Learners begin with lectures, notes, coloring books and culminate with historical building visits.
Leaning Tower of Pasta
Young scholars experiment with different structures to determine which ones are able to handle the greatest amount of load using spaghetti and marshmallows. They discuss how engineers design buildings, construct their buildings and complete a worksheet, and present their structure to the class.
Race the Track! Design Challenge
Students focus on a force and motion problem, explore it, reflect on it and apply it while completing experiments. In this motion lesson, students experiment with force and motion by creating a track for testing cars.
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". They use Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs and explore patterns on the computer. They read Patchwork Quilt and make their own quilt patterns.