Week #5: Construction of Structures
- Build a model of their own design to house a plastic dinosaur
- Compare and evaluate materials and methods of construction
- Identify the purpose of the materials used in their structure
- Combine materials to produce desired properties
- Recognize the importance of shelters
- Recognize that the design of structures is related to local conditions and the materials available
- Learners explored ways to stack stones as high as they could.
- Learners created their own measuring cups for creating their cements.
- Learners evaluated mixtures of water, flour, cornstarch, and sand for their effectiveness as a cement to hold stones together into a wall.
- Learners discussed examples of shelters.
- Using supplied materials, learners built a shelter large enough to house a plastic dinosaur.
Questions to Discuss
- What size and shape of stones was the easiest to build with?
- What where the best ingredients for mixing your own cement?
- What material was your favorite to build you shelter with? What did you like about it?
- What materials would you choose to build a shelter for a dinosaur the same size as you?
- What are some materials that would have been used by First Nations people to build shelters in the past? Hint – would it matter if they lived near a forest or on the plains?
Things to Try at Home
- Make a list of other materials used to hold things together. If possible, use a sample as part of the list.
- Find pictures of structures that animals build. Some animal structures have inspired human designs. Can you find any examples of this?
- Look at examples of buildings from several centuries ago. Did they use the same materials or did they use the same materials in a different way? Are modern buildings taller or stronger than they used to be?