This is a complete unit devoted to the study of structures—full of ideas for guiding awareness of the physical properties of existing structures, as well as motivating creative thought and production of newly built objects.
Beginning with simpler knowledge concepts and exercises, and moving through a taxonomy (Bloom) of learning objectives, the study culminates in a creative synthesis of ideas.
Essential questions are posed and knowledge sought through personal schema, hands-on experiences and thoughtful reflection. These questions are meant to give meaning, relevance and definition to the unit. “Students must construct their own answers and make their own meaning from the information they have gathered.” (Wiggins and MacTigue, 1995)
In this unit, you will find:
A resource list on structures
Understanding by Design (UbD) matrices built around essential questions, 15 lessons and
in-depth project ideas
Hands-on 3-D construction activities
Exploration of structures through kinesthetic activities
Structure Book printables that include task sheets, writing prompts and ideas for personal interpretations
Flip book tracing masters
Twenty beautiful poster cards of architectural structures
URLs that connect to relevant image files