The World's Tallest Building

5th - 7th

Students investigate the world's tallest buildings. In this architecture activity, students discover how humans change the physical environment. Students read about and view pictures of famous buildings in the world. Students make lists of what what they want to know more about. Students compare notes they have taken during reading.

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Art History
Instructional Design
1 hr

Main Causes of World War Two

For this causes of World War II study guide worksheet, students discover details regarding this time period in world history. Students read 13 sections of information and examine photographs.

Arkansas Architectural Styles

Young scholars investigate the various architectural styles of Arkansas. They read a handout, complete a worksheet, view images of architectural styles, and take photos and write descriptions of five style elements they observe in their neighborhood.

Building Homes

Students investigate architecture and construction by building a home from cardboard tubes.  In this housing lesson, students collaborate in groups to plan and create buildings they can fit in made from cardboard tubes, newspaper and tape.  Students examine the other designs in the class and give awards to the best creations.

Building a Skyscraper

The construction of skyscrapers is no simple undertaking, involving the careful coordination and planning of many different people. The third lesson in this series explores this detailed process by first teaching children about the main structural components of these massive buildings. With this new knowledge, young architects then work in small groups reading through primary source documents from the construction of the Empire State Building, answering a series of questions in order to develop a clear understanding of the process involved in building structures of this magnitude. This is a great lesson that demonstrates the impact of the industrial revolution on the growth of American urban centers.

Gingerbread Architecture

Learners build a gingerbread house. In this holiday lesson, students bake the gingerbread, create the frosting, and decorate their house with candy. They measure the sides of the house to make sure that it is stable.

Helping the World's Hungry

Students read and respond to an article about world hunger. For this world hunger lesson, students read about a conference in Rome which addressed the problem of world hunger. They answer assigned questions using reading markers to locate text that helps them with their answers. They visit an associated web site after they complete the reading to see the UN's World Food Program.

Math and Architectural Design in Relation to Rebuilding The World Trade Center

Students discover building plans and practice reading measurements.  In this architectural design lesson, students investigate the areas of the specific World Trade Center locations that need to be rebuilt and determine the cost.  Students utilize an Internet education program to calculate certain figures for areas.

A Long Way from Home:  A Hands-on Geography Lesson about World War II

Students build World War II directional signs. In this World War II lesson, students explore the geographic locations of the war as they analyze primary sources and conduct research regarding places of significance in the war. Students collaborate to create a detailed classroom directional sign featuring their findings.

Reaching for the Sky

Young scholars consider features of skyscraper using descriptive words, reflect on notion of skyscraper as orientation point in a city, and explore New York Times Building in Manhattan by reading and discussing article, "Pride and Nostalgia Mix in The Times's New Home." Students then investigate skyline of international city, choose skyscraper to research, sketch architectural additions, and/or create poems to describe their ideal urban structures.

World Religion Day: Reading Activities

If your class is observing World Religion Day in January, use this resource to provide a research and response opportunity. A short informational reading (available as an MP3 download for auditory learners and listening exercises) is the foundation for several activities, promoting comprehension and literacy. Learners complete phrases, do listening and reading cloze activities, conduct a student interview, and more! There are 4 options for engaging extension activities.

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