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Students experiment with the construction of shelters and the various types of architectural designs.  In this shelters activity, 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.
Young scholars 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 lesson, 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.
Students study the law of sine and cosine. For 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.
Students 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.
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.
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. 
Various websites are visited as a way of stimulating small-group discussions comparing traditional and green buildings. The groups brainstorm characteristics of a green building, interview a professional who is involved with the green building materials industry, research green construction companies, and finally work together to construct a model of a green building. A thorough exploration of sustainable building design for your high schoolers!
Explore the world of product manufacturing with your class. They describe the types of manufacturing and how each one is important to the economy. A pretest, post-test, and worksheet are included.
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.
Discuss the availability of clean, plentiful water and the causes of water pollution. In groups, sixth graders discuss problem-solving methods for keeping water clean. They explore the function of water treatment plants and perform experiments to predict pollutants that can be stopped by filtration. You could apply reading standards to this lesson, but it would be most effective in a life sciences unit.
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 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 instructional activity could be the focal point of an interdisciplinary unit.
Learners can explain the causes of a tsunami and its effects.  In this tsunami lesson, students create a tsunami generator.  Learners create waves with a metal plate. students create houses and find which designs last best in a tsunami.  Learners complete four trial of each building created. Students discuss results.
Students prepare for and learn through a walking tour of Philadelphia. In this history lesson, students support their studies with a field trip. This lesson could be adapted to suit regions with other historic places or museums. 
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.

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