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America’s Favorite Landmarks
Lesson explores America's most famous buildings. Students research architectural styles and their buildings of choice, and write a position paper defending or arguing their building's inclusion or absence from the 150 structures in America's Favorite Architecture website. (www.favoritearchitecture.org).
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Apples and Onions
Teacher-created lesson that introduces young students to symmetry and asymmetry, and to patterns and design in nature.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon: La vida latina en los Estados Unidos
Two-sided teaching guide/fold-out poster. Features a panoramic photo of a barn on the front and details of the cultural and architectural history of barns in America on the reverse. Available for purchase.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Chairs, Chairs, Everywhere (4-8)
Activity designed to help students become aware of the multitude of design variations in everyday objects by conducting surveys, collecting information, and creating a catalog of chairs.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Courtyard Design
Teacher-created lesson in which students design and construct a proportionally accurate model of their "dream playground/courtyard.”
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Designing a Communal Leisure Space
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a recreational space for the school. They research such spaces in their community and apply what they’ve learned.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Dwellings Around the Globe
Activity exploring dwellings across the globe. Students conduct collaborative research on cliff dwellings, igloos, longhouses, and yurts and reflect on these dwellings': underlying environmental and cultural conditions.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Frieze Friends
Lesson plan exploring repeating patterns in the students' communities. Students tour homes, schools, and neighborhoods in search of frieze patterns in architecture, clothing, furnishings, etc., then sketch and present their findings.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Functional Homes
Lesson in which students observe and reflect on homes built by various life forms. The students try to apply natural designs to human uses.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Gateway to the Arts
In this lesson plan, students redesign any dead space in the school building. They use 3-D modeling software as well as traditional methods to create a proposal based on the needs of their peers and their teachers.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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