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.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Includes tips that support children with anaylzing primary source documents
  • Key vocabulary and definitions are included for each primary source document
  • Lesson includes all supporting materials
Cons

  • Primary documents may be challenging for younger learners to read