World Architecture

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Develop 3D scenes that represent classic architecture from around
the world
Grades K-6

Architecture is the business of designing and building structures. We see architecture around us everyday in our schools, homes, and public buildings.  Architecture is one of the oldest art forms,
but it is also very practical in nature. Different styles of architecture define characteristics, ideals, and values of cultures.   Many cultures have contributed to architecture including the Greek, Roman, Mayan, Incan, Pueblo Indian, Egyptian, Indian, Japanese, and Chinese, as well as many other older and more modern societies. The study of architecture can be divided into a number of topics including architects, famous structures, kinds of structures, styles, and features.

Preparation
The teacher should collect pictures of famous buildings from different architectural periods and discuss the different styles and basic shapes used in the structures.

Procedure
The teacher selects a famous structure (e.g., the Lincoln Memorial, Pyramids at Giza, Taj Mahal) and has the students use GollyGee Blocks to develop a 3D scene that resembles the structure.

Students may use the Architectural theme set and other geometric shapes to
build the assigned structure.

Evaluation
Assessments can be based on a journal entry, oral report of the scene, or observation of activity.

The teacher should have children explain why they picked objects, people, or other characteristics as a reasoning exercise.

Extensions
Students can develop a personal style of architecture and then share and discuss these styles in class. Discussion can focus on the practicality of the styles and their resemblance to more familiar
architectural styles.

The teacher can select a classic architectural period and have students develop scenes around this period using famous structures built during that period.  A book based on the compilation of scenes can be developed.

The class can discuss local buildings and how they were influenced by styles of architecture.

The students can do the activity for building a scene of a local landmark.

Tips
For the younger children, use of the basic shapes is encouraged. Detail is not important in this activity.  Teachers may need to help younger students see how different basic shapes combine to
make more complicated ones.

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