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Nail by Nail, Board by Board
Presenting a distinctly environmental point of view, this expansive set of three sessions guides learners to identify home-building materials and the resources from which they are derived, and to compare materials used by region and historical context. Secondary learners explore careers involved in creating the structures that house us. Copious supporting information is included, along with a reproducible Building Materials Data Sheet.
Early Settlers' Houses
Students research the regional styles of early settlers' homes in Colorado, identify early building materials and methods and consider the importance of preserving these buildings.
Properties Of Building Materials
Students 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.
How They Get Building Materials Out of the Ground
Students experience a virtual quarry. For this science musical lesson plan, students understand how materials are quarried and manufactured from rocks, musically interpret a quarrying sequence with untuned musical instruments, and develop musical composing, appraising and performance skills.
Fifth graders are presented with three rocks and a variety of tools and are asked to investigate the properties of the rocks to see which rock is best for building tables and benches for a museum picnic area.
Students choose which building material to use to create their structure and which animal to house. After being read a story, they examine and identify the differnet types of homes mentioned. They take pictures of their structures to share with the class.
This House is Made of Mud: Exploring the Shapes in Our Lives
Students study about our dependence on the earth's resources for materials. They practice their knowledge of geometric shapes by recognizing them in the context of the story.
Explore More About Bottle Construction
Students explore Green Construction. In this activity based on the experiences of Peace Corps volunteers, students gain insight into alternative construction in Guatemala. They examine the pros and cons of using alternative building materials and discuss ways that they can improve lives through Green Construction. This activity includes a podcast, slide show, E-book and Photo Gallery.
Construction Lesson Plan
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.
What Makes a Building Green?
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!
Ag Mechanics: Concrete and Masonry
If you've never taught a course on pouring concrete for agricultural constructions, don't worry. Here is a totally-scripted lesson that introduces ag mechanics students to using concrete for masonry projects. Just read and go! A great plan to leave for substitutes.
Building a Sculpture
Youngsters view a photograph of Mark di Suvero's three-dimensional sculpture, "Lao Tzu." They note the shapes visible in the piece and then create their own works of art using simple shapes.
Brick by Brick
Kindergarteners create an illustrated class book detailing their experiences creating adobe bricks and building a house that the Big Bad Wolf cannot blow down. Richly detailed, the lesson not only includes a recipe for Adobe bricks but also includes a discussion of man-made and natural materials, differentiated instruction support, extensions and connections. Messy fun.
Students construct small cities made of sugar cubes, bullion cubes, and gelatin cubes. They experiment with the cubes in order to determine which materials hold up the best against a simulated earthquake. Students explain how earthquake magnitude is measured.
Students investigate environmental safety by examining green methods to build homes. In this green building instructional activity, students explore the Habitat for Humanity and read an interview they conducted about alternative building materials. Students create diagrams of homes that could be built using green methods and label specific features that will help the environment.
Gingerbread Architecture: An Exploration and Engineering
Eighth graders design and build a gingerbread house. In this technology lesson, 8th graders research the important components of a house. They evaluate the strength of their design and suggest modifications when necessary.
Be a Structural Engineer!
Learners investigate how to design and build items with a focus on structural strength as an engineer would. They complete a truss-building project as a final assessment.
Three Little Pigs and Heat Transfer
Students use the Internet to research the ancient practices of building structures and to help them recognize what building materials serve as good conductors and insulators of heat. They build a structure using straw bale walls.
High schoolers are able to explain that energy cannot be created or destroyed but only changed from one form into another. They discuss the meaning of the term energy and students are asked to give examples of different forms of energy that exist. High schoolers are able to define the terms potential energy and kinetic energy.
Stable and Unstable Structures
Middle schoolers research three major bridge collapses. For this Physical Science lesson plan, students will sketch a bridge design for their area after their research. All bridge designs will be presented to the class to discuss strengths and weaknesses.