House Building Contest

By discoverylab | January 29, 2016 | Uncategorized

After building our giant newspaper structure.  The students and I discussed making individual houses.  Emmett liked the idea of making it a contest.  We brainstormed ideas for how the houses would be judged.  Our categories to be judged by include strongest, smallest, biggest, most interesting and which used the biggest variety of materials.

Emmett set to work right away on his castle.  Emmett worked for several days on his castle including straws, tape, portion cups and cardboard.  For several weeks, nobody built anything.  Emmett was disappointed that nobody wanted to be in a contest.  Then one day, Emmett was absent and the lower elementary students got inspired to start building.  Throughout the week, Finn and Harlow and Louie with Boden (1st grade vs. kindergarten) worked on their houses using a variety of materials.

Today, each group spent time drawing architectural drawings and labeling the parts of their houses and castles.

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Each student first drew and then labelled their drawing with aspects they wanted to highlight.

Next I gave them an opportunity to photograph the buildings from whichever angle they thought it looked best.

Emmett set up the characters from home in his castle and propped up his drawing and then photographed it.
Emmett set up the characters from home in his castle and propped up his drawing and then photographed it.

Finn and Harlow asked me to photograph theirs, so I did.

Finn and Harlow built this castle, complete with graveyard as pictured.
Finn and Harlow built this castle, complete with graveyard as pictured.

Louie decided to photograph her own.  I love the angle she chose.

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Ballots will come home next week!  We hope to tally our votes by Friday.