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Give Me Shelter
In this lesson plan, students investigate the meaning and importance of shelter. They gather used materials to construct a shelter of their own invention, one that protects against sun and the elements. In a wrap-up discussion, they compare and contrast the functionality of their designs.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Going on a Treasure Hunt
Teacher-created lesson that introduces maps to kindergarteners. The children learn about symbols and compass directions as they create a map to help another group find a treasure hidden in the classroom.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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If these walls could speak…
Activity in which students research the uses of various local buildings in order to design models of the buildings’ past, present, and future.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Imaginary Spaces: Designing a Play Space
In this lesson, students get an introduction to architecture and space design by creating an imaginary play space.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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In the Round-Architecture Form and Function
Lesson in which students learn about the relationship between form and function in architecture by creating polygonal structures that serve a particular function. Addresses the ways that architecture affects everyday life.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Learning in Comfort (4-8)
Activity in which students research school rooms from the past and create a design for a school desk that is tailored to the specific needs of today's students.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Learning in Comfort (9-12)
Activity in which students research school rooms from the past and create a design for a school desk that is tailored to the specific needs of today':s students.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Lia Cook: Material Allusions and Mark Lindquist: Revolutions in Wood
Online exhibition vividly showcasing two artists who bring new tools and ideas to the age-old crafts of wood-turning and weaving, encompassing both ancient themes and modern issues.
Provider: Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Grade(s): General audience
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Looking Upwards: Greenroofing & Rooftop Gardening (4-8)
Activity exploring the role of greenroofing and rooftop gardening in contemporary architectural design. Students conduct collaborative research to learn about the history, process, science, and environmental impact of greenroofing.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Looking Upwards: Greenroofing & Rooftop Gardening (9-12)
Activity exploring the role of greenroofing and rooftop gardening in contemporary architectural design. Students conduct collaborative research to learn about the history, process, science, and environmental impact of greenroofing.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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