Shelter

 

Grades: 3-8

 

Objective: for students to understand why local builders construct different types of shelters from diferent materials.

 

Materials: pencil, colored pencils, lined paper, unlined paper, ruler

 

Process: 

       step 1: share this webpage with students

       step 2: ask students to study the photos and answer the questions on lined paper (or with online text program, like google docs)

       step 3: students make a drawing of their house on unlined paper

       step 4 (optional): students make a photo of their house

 

Discussion Guide: choose one or more of the shelters below, and discuss why the builders used certain materials and not others.  Think about how local environmental and geographic factors effect the builders' choices of materials.

Strafford, VT, USA

Strafford, VT, USA

What material is the siding (and framing)? What material is the foundation? Why did the builders choose these materials?

Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok, Indonesia

Salikenne, The Gambia

Salikenne, The Gambia

Salikenne, The Gambia

Salikenne, The Gambia

Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok, Indonesia

Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Lesvos, Greece

Lesvos, Greece

Standing Rock, ND, USA

Standing Rock, ND, USA

Oaxaca, Mexico

Oaxaca, Mexico

New York, NY, USA

New York, NY, USA

Norwich, Vermont, USA

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