First the Photo: New Type of Scavenger hunt: can you name these beautiful birds. Find out if they live in your area.
Second The Questions: Do you know these feathered friends? Do you recognize their colors? Do you know their song? Birds make up the beauty of our homes and communities. Do you know they were once hunted for their plumes, heads and wings to decorate women’s hats, shawls and dresses? How very sad. They are such amazing creatures to watch as they float and flutter on the air, traveling from flower to flower. People have been mesmerized by birds for hundreds of years and they began humans yearn for flight. Can you imagine soaring through the air without the aid of a plane?
Third Next Steps: What do you think makes things more likely to fly? Weight? Surface area? Think of the man made things that can fly. What do they all have in common? How many things can you name? Gather up tape, string, used toilet paper rolls, boxes, old Tupperware containers and garbage of all sorts. Now try to make something that will soar through the air. After you are done bring out a fan or stand up high and release your creation. Does it float and twist in the breeze? If it doesn’t see if you can make modifications to make it fly longer and longer.
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First The Picture: Does this look familiar to you? Can you find this on a map? What country is this from? What city? What makes this building memorable. Do you know what it was originally built for? It was a bell tower for a cathedral.
Second The Question: What does this building teach us about the beauty of mistakes? We can often learn more from what went wrong, then from what went right. Have you ever made a mistake that ended up teaching you a valuable lesson? Try to list as many as you can remember. Think of the millions of buildings in the world, most are not as famous as this one, and I am sure the builders didn’t originally intend for it to lean. It was a mistake that made it famous. The next time something fails, can you try to it as a teaching moment? There is a wonderful quote to remember: If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.
Third Next Steps: Using only recycled items, try to build a tower that leans, but doesn’t fall. Not as easy as it seems, is it? Try to measure the angle from the table of your tower. Who can build a tower with the steepest lean, before it collapses. Why do you think the Leaning Tower hasn’t fallen? Look on line and see if you can discover the angle of the Tower. Were you able to make a tower that had a steeper angle and still remained standing? Try to list other famous “mistakes”. Countless famous people failed many times in their lives before they finally reached success. Celebrate your failures..It means you had the courage to try!
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First the Question: Do you recognize this famous home? It was designed by the renowned architect; Frank Lloyd Wright. Can you find where it is located? What large city is it near?
Second The Question: When you look at the picture what is unique about the house? Would you like to have a river running through your house? Would you live in a house on a cliff? Where would you build your perfect home? High up in a tree? In a crater on the moon? In a ship sailing on the high seas? Would you live in a tent or a library or a mall?? What things are necessary to make your house a home? What things would you make sure to include? Would you build it in a particular place? What things do you love about your current home? How would you incorporate those pieces?
Third Next Steps: Do you have some old magazines or catalogues around the house? Pull some out and have some fun cutting out your favorite room designs. Create some interior and exterior looks for your house by cutting images from the magazine. Next try to creating a floor plan. Try searching for home plans on-line. First look at the outside structure of the house then look at corresponding floor plan. Are you able to see where doors and windows are located from looking at the plans? Find some graph paper and create a floor plan for your own home. What rooms would you include? Where would you put windows? Why not ad in some fun items..a pool, a stables, a library! What would you include?
Finally did you enjoy doing the interior design or the floor plan better? Do you like the art piece or the scale drawing better? Do you see yourself designing with colors or planning to build better? These are all great things to think about as you grow and begin to imagine your career path.
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