Brazilian Stilt Houses

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For School Groups


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 stilt houses from the Rain Forest. 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.

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