Construct various types of habitats used by different cultures
Grades K-5

Over thousands of years people have built many different types of habitats.  The habitats usually are dependent on environmental conditions (e.g., rain, wind, temperature, soil conditions), availability of building material, and cultural conditions.  Types of habitats are numerous: Nomadic tribes who constantly travel from one location to another have habitats that are characterized by their ability to be carried along with the people; one group of South American natives builds their wooden habitats on raised poles in a lake environment; eskimo peoples build igloos from blocks of ice.

Books and pictures should be available that illustrate different habitats used by people around the world or in a specific locale the class might be studying.  Materials for building real models can also be made available.

Pictures of various cultural habitats should be collected as examples to model.  Class discussion can center on the types of materials being used, the locale and its influence on the type of habitat, climatic conditions, and other factors.   After students select a habitat, or one is assigned, the student will use basic shapes to complete the model.  Texturing and coloring will add to the realism of the model.

Evaluate students on their understanding of the various features of other cultures' habitats.

Assess printouts of the student work or reports based on the scene development.

Make a diorama or model about a particular habitat from a developed 3D scene.

Assign students a project in which they are given a climate, natural material availability, and social customs and ask them to theorize an appropriate habitat.  Try mixing the parameters given to the students to see what they can come up with.  Conduct a class or group discussion on the assignment.

Compare and contrast various habitat features from a number of different cultures.  Investigate what makes them different or unique.

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