WEEK 2: What makes a building stand up? What makes up a city?

Our second visit to Verboort near Forest Grove was another success. Today our goal was to dig deeper and wider: building more shapes in two dimensions and three dimensions and think about what makes up a city.

We spent the first half of the class creating lots of different shapes: cylinders, pyramids, rectangles, cubes, and cones.

The excitement of the day was demonstrating how strong three dimensional shapes really are by balancing more than 15 textbooks on a cylinder made out of construction paper. Wow!

With piles and piles of construction paper shapes to work with, the students divided up into 6 groups and designed cities. One even found it important to include the Great Wall of China.

This day was fun because it developed a wonderful conversation about what children think is important in cities. The awareness of sustainability in cities was remarkable. All of the groups wanted to make sure that public transportation was available. And of course, the tallest and most exciting buildings to them: skyscrapers.

 Part A

Activity 1: What makes Structures Stand Up: Simple shapes make up buildings. Geometry in architecture. Two-dimension to Three-Dimension.

Part B

Activity 2: What will cities look like 25 years from now?

What are the different parts of a city? How do you move around cities? What do you wish cities had? What do you need in your city?

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