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Waterproof that Roof!
Stop the raindrops from getting into the house! Eager engineers learn about roofing history and waterproofing by nanotechnology. They get into groups and work on designing a waterproof roof for a small model house. The accompanying handout provides space for planning and critical analysis questions for follow-up.
3rd - 12th Science 49 Views 37 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The BEAM Project: Building Efficient Architectural Models
Technology or engineering teams are given a task to design, construct, and test the efficiency of a structure that will foster an even temperature throughout an entire day in the sunlight. This is intended as a long-term project. Pupils research, plan, bring materials in from home, build, evaluate, and write a report.
9th - 12th Science 22 Views 38 Downloads
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.
4th - 11th 21st Century Skills 27 Views 114 Downloads
Spaghetti Bridges: Student Worksheet
Here is a wonderful activity that allows young engineers to try their hand at designing a bridge out of spaghetti! The worksheet explains the activity and also provides a graph for keeping track of the results. Very good!
4th - 6th Technology & Engineering 20 Views 66 Downloads
Explore More About Bottle Construction
Students explore Green Construction. In this lesson 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.
5th - 10th Social Studies & History 7 Views 13 Downloads
Building a House
Study the different materials needed to build a house. Kindergartners and first graders read five sentence frames, and match the phrases that describe wood planks, glass, and clay. An experiment prompts kids to test different types of paper for their durability.
K - 2nd Science 7 Views 14 Downloads
Artists, Architects, and Architecture
The study of art and architecture are the focus of this series of lessons. The images of Robert Harris are used in the lessons as examples for youngsters to looks at. A study of architecture in different time periods ensues, then learners are challenged to design a facade that would be used in their "dream home.
4th - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads
Materials We Use
How can you tell if something is made out of wood, metal, or plastic? Kids use noise and visual cues to determine what various household items are made from. They then examine their toys at home and record the materials used to make them. The noise part of the activity is only helpful if you demonstrate how each item sounds when you tap it.
K - 2nd Science 6 Views 7 Downloads
MATERIALS, Using What’s Local: Native Materials, Local Sources
Middle schoolers consider the development of different societies. For this environmental building lesson, students consider local resources and how societies choose to use them. Middle schoolers use their findings to design a 'green' building for use in their local environment.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 7 Views 15 Downloads
In this building materials worksheet, students walk around their school and write down at least 5 materials that their school is made of. Students take a second trip around the school and keep a tally sheet on how often they see those materials.
4th - 5th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
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.
K Language Arts 4 Views 77 Downloads
Let's Move It!
Students create a simple machine that includes a cart and lever system that could have been used to build the ancient pyramids. In this simple machine instructional activity, students learn about the wheel and the axle as simple machines that help transport materials.
3rd - 5th Science 6 Views 48 Downloads
Fiji Thatched-Roof House
Students research information about Fiji Islands, including their location, size, climate, history, and people, recognize that housing is dependent upon weather and building materials found in area, and build authentic replica of Fiji-style thatched-roof house.
K - 6th Social Studies & History 3 Views 0 Downloads