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Building Big – Skyscrapers - Unit 1 Outline

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Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day  4 Day 5 Day 6

This curriculum is designed around the Building Big Web Site created by PBS. The curriculum is a very good example of integration of technology in the classroom.


Day 1: Watch Building Big Skyscraper video (45 minutes)

This is optional, as each activity can stand independently. Tapes may be purchased from the web site or borrowed from many public libraries.

Newspaper Tower Activity – (20 minutes) 

Student handout

Educator handout 

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Day 2: Skyscraper Basics Web Site – (10 minutes)

           Skyscraper Scavenger Hunt in conjunction with

   World of Wonders  Databank-Skyscrapers

          (40 minutes)  

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Day 3: Students use Engineer’s Notebook to predict and record their findings.

            Columns activity…(1 hour)       

    Student Handout

    Educator handout

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 Day 4:  Architect guest speaker from a local company…(1 hour) or

   Read the Interview with Susan Knack, Civil Engineer.

   Discuss this interview in class.

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Day 5:  Students use Engineer’s Notebook and website to help solve the

             Skyscraper Challenges.

                (30 minutes)

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Day 6:  Students design and build the tallest skyscraper they can with only a 

             few objects and  what they learned about how skyscrapers are built. 

              (1 to 1 ˝ hours)

              Skyscraper Challenge


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