The World's Tallest Building

5th - 7th

Students investigate the world's tallest buildings. In this architecture lesson, 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.

Resource Details

Art History
Instructional Design
1 hr

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. A 13-page packet is provided as a guide and record-keeping journal. There is even a grading rubric that you can share with them to keep them on task and use to assess their work.

Finding the Area & Volume of Buildings Using Architectural Drawings

Fifth graders find the area and volume of buildings. In this architecture lesson, 5th graders look at the drawings of three historic Tennessee buildings. They use these to help find the area and volume of the building. 

Reading Maps: Locating the Countries We Have Been Reading About

Show your class how to read a map and decipher all of the markings and features. Start out by connecting maps to their homework from the night before and their current reading, in this case That Book Woman, and a related informational text. Small groups or pairs can then complete the map scavenger hunt and other activities. Close the lesson with an exit ticket. What did your pupils learn about maps today?

Kid Maps: Reading and Creating Maps with Human Characteristics

Students look at maps. In this map lesson, students listen to the book My Map Book by Sara Fanelli and they see the difference between human characteristics (buildings, etc.) and natural characteristics (rivers, etc.).  They create their own map showing a place they know. 

Build a Simple Ammeter

Students build and work with a simple ammeter to test theories on why solar cells connected in parallel produce more current that in series. Students use the ammeter to indicate the presence, direction, and strength of an electric current flowing through a wire.

Close Reading of Nasreen's Secret School: How Do People Access Books in Afghanistan?

Third graders continue to practice the close reading skills of capturing the gist and reading again for important details in the sixth lesson in a larger unit. This is a great beginning-of-the-year unit for establishing visible thinking routines and norms in the classroom. Using the realistic and emotionally moving story Nasreen's Secret School, learners independently practice the technique of using sticky notes to record vocabulary words and collect important details about the main message of the text. Learners then transition to a whole-class circle activity with their notes, and create a classroom anchor reading chart to highlight patterns in the details. An assessment chart is provided for teachers to complete a mid-unit assessment of speaking and listening skills.  

Building Background Knowledge About Physical Environment: What Makes it Hard for Some People to Get Books?

How far would your pupils go to be able to have access to books? Revisit Heather Henson and David Small's That Book Woman and challenge class members to take on the role of Cal or the Book Woman. By putting themselves in someone else's place, learners will discover different perspectives and understand better the envrionmental difficulties that Cal and the Book Woman face. After role-playing, transition into a brief informational text about physical envrionments. An engaging beginning to this Common Core desgined unit.

Distinguish Communities by Their Architecture

Students distinguish between a rural community and a city community by observing the architecture in each one. They observe and discuss pictures of buildings. Students write a paragraph explaining the purpose of a particular building. They create their own architecture piece. Additional activities are listed for cross curriculum.

Architecture of the Ancient World

You can introduce your students to the amazing world of ancient architecture with these lesson plans.

Geometry in the real world

Students investigate geometric shapes and patterns.  In this geometry lesson, students explore and analyze primary source images, mostly buildings and building interiors,  to identify geometry shapes, patterns, and concepts. 

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