ERIC Number: ED472976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Box City Curriculum.
Center for Understanding the Built Environment, Prairie Village, KS.
This curriculum packet contains two lesson plans about cities and architecture intended for use with students in upper elementary grades and middle schools. The first lesson plan, "City People, City Stories" (Jan Ham), states that understanding architecture and cities must begin with an understanding of the people of the city. The children create scale Box City citizens and create, develop, write, and share stories about those citizens. The lesson plan suggests time allotment; provides an overview; indicates subject matter; cites learning objectives; addresses standards and Center for Understanding the Built Environment (CUBE) components; notes materials needed; describes preparation time for teachers; presents an introductory activity, a learning activity, and a culminating activity; discusses evaluation/teacher reflection; suggests cross-curricular extensions and community connections, and contains a "Houses in Books" resource list, scale figures information, a scale ruler, and character type information. The second lesson, "Grid It, Map It" (Jan Ham), continues the "Box City" activity. It states that, once a Box City is built, groups of children use bodies and string to grid the city and map sections of the city. It notes that the activity invented itself over the course of several gym-sized Box Cities in New England towns, where many town layouts are based on the area's varied topography. The second lesson plan offers the same type of detailed procedures for classroom implementation as the first lesson plan. Contains the scale ruler, a sample grid, and a grid example. (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Architecture, Built Environment, Community Characteristics, Creative Activities, Intermediate Grades, Land Use, Middle Schools, Primary Sources, Social Studies, Student Projects, Urban Areas, Urban Planning
Center for Understanding the Built Environment, 5328 W. 67th Street, Prairie Village, KS 66208. Tel: 913-262-8222; Fax: 913-262-8546. For full text: http://www.cubekc.org/lessons.html.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Center for Understanding the Built Environment, Prairie Village, KS.