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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.
Learners experience a virtual quarry. In 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.
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!
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. This lesson includes a podcast, slide show, E-book and Photo Gallery.
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.
Students investigate environmental safety by examining green methods to build homes. In this green building lesson, 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.
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.