Building Architecture

Building Architecture

6-7 yrs old

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

Art and Design

Government and Politics


Students push their building skills by emulating an architectural style from history. Each student or pair of students chooses a style and builds it.

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November 1, 2016


  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

Learning Objectives

  • Students are able to understand various elements of differing architectural styles.
  • Students will study and design a building aligned with a particular architectural style.

Guiding Ideas

Introduce students to the challenge. Pair them together or let them choose partners. Have them research and choose a style. If you can, allow them to print reference images for easy access.

• Classical (Greek, Roman)

• Medieval

• Asian (Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and more)

• Modern

• Arcology

• Other: See the List of Architectural styles on Wikipedia for more options

Student Activities


Prompt students to analyze their chosen style. What colors, materials, and shapes do they use? Which blocks should they use based on what they find? Have them make a floor plan on graph paper (or optionally, in-game).



Have students enter the game and find a space to build. Be sure no one goes too far away but that everyone still feels comfortable with their proximity to their neighbors. As they build, float around to offer support. Be sure students are titling and signing their work.

Performance Expectations


Let students explore other projects and leave grows and glows using signs. A grow is something they think could be improved. A glow is something they think was done well.


Revise + Reflect:

Give students some time to look at the feedback, make final adjustments to their work, and to take screenshots to document what they achieved.


  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking