Cultures

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For School Groups

Description

To understand a people, study them where they live. Construct simplified model houses to consider the climates, resources, materials and traditions that define culture. Focus on a region. Focus on a historic area. Focus on a common pursuit like baking bread. Create façades of local architecture.

Meets Connecticut Science Standards

  • 3.2: Organisms can survive and reproduce only in environments that meet their basic needs.
  • 3.4: Earth materials provide resources for all living things, but these resources are limited and should be conserved.

Meets Common Core Standards

  • 3-LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
  • 3-LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

We construct castles and temples, pyramids and pagodas from far off lands and far off centuries. We construct villas from ancient Rome and Egypt, stilt houses from the Rain Forest, elegant painted houses from the African savannah, adobe farm houses from the American southwest, sod houses from the prairie. Building connects the hands and minds of your students to the hands and minds of the world. Building connects your students.

No great architecture is built without the cooperation that builds community.

Shelter

Shelter

Brazilian-Stilt-House-2014

MExican-Pueblo-2014

Irish-Sod-House-2014

Chinese Gate

Chinese Gate

Benin stilt house and dugout

Benin stilt house and dugout


Greek temple to goddess Athena

Greek temple to goddess Athena

Cameroon house

Cameroon house

Roman Villa

Roman Villa

European castle

European castle


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