6-7 yrs old
8-10 yrs old
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Art and Design
Government, Politics & Civics
Students push their building skills by emulating an architectural style from history. Each student or pair of students chooses a style and builds it.
November 1, 2016
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)
• Asian (Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and more)
• Other: See the List of Architectural styles on Wikipedia for more options
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.
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.
October 29, 2017 12:04 PM
Thank you. This lesson is relevant, because it contributes to the development of critical thinking, individuality, the ability to design. Students identify creativity, creativity, sociability, cooperation.
November 10, 2017 1:10 PM
Good idea and interesting work !
December 7, 2017 6:00 PM
May 31, 2018 1:04 PM
I teach Architecture for my STEM class, and one of the things we go into is different building styles of homes in the U.S. (Adobe, Cape Cod, Colonial, Tudor, Victorian, etc...) This lesson would be very easily adaptable to accommodate this content.
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