ERIC Number: ED422178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Building Our Children's Future: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Grades K-12.
Mumma, Tracy; Gant, Shaun; Stone, Laura Armstrong; Harnish, Chris; Fowle, Abigail
This interdisciplinary curriculum provides students with the opportunity to learn about the connection between natural resources and buildings while practicing skills in language arts, math, science, social studies, and visual arts. The learning activities are divided by topic into 15 Building Blocks (units). These units cover such topics as architectural elements, building materials, housing around the world, local resources, energy, forces of nature, and population and development. Emphasis is placed on resource efficiency through examination of recyclable materials, efficiency of design, toxins and other pollutants, and renewable energy. Each block consists of: (1) an overview for the instructor which states the goals and objectives for the unit as well as suggested materials and an overview of student activities; (2) the activities which list questions for students to explore, topics for class discussion, and suggestions for projects that students can do; and (3) resource notes which provide the instructor with background information and offer listings of some resources for further research. The curriculum guide contains a scope and sequence guide, a description of themes by discipline, learner outcomes, and an evaluation form. A building material design contest is also included as an option for students. (PVD)
Descriptors: Activity Units, Architectural Education, Art Education, Building Design, Construction Materials, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Land Use, Learning Activities, Natural Resources, Recycling, Social Studies
Center for Resourceful Building Technology, P.O. Box 100, Missoula, MT 59806.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Center for Resourceful Building Tech., Missoula, MT.
Note: Funding provided by Fanwood Foundation and the Connemara Fund.