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Design a Skyscraper of the Future

Students will define what a green skyscraper is and identify elements that make a skyscraper environmentally friendly. They will search online to find examples. Then they will select green elements to incorporate into a skyscraper of their own. They will sketch and create a model of their ideas.

PROCESS:

  1. As a class, discuss what it means to build a green skyscraper. Challenge students to identify different elements that can make a skyscraper environmentally friendly. Make a list. 
  2. Invite students to scour the Internet to find examples of planned or existing green skyscrapers. Which elements from the list do they see in each?  
  3. Instruct students to select their favorite green elements. Challenge them to incorporate those elements into a design for a skyscraper of the future. Give students time to sketch a model of their designs. 
  4. Provide a variety of art materials or have students bring items from home. Encourage students to build a model of their proposed skyscrapers.

 
ASSESSMENT: 

Invite students to share their models with the class. Instruct them to identify each green element in their designs. Challenge them to explain how each green element makes the skyscraper environmentally friendly.
 

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:    
 

Grades 3-4:
As a class, search online to find various examples of planned or existing green skyscrapers. If necessary, help students recognize the green elements in each structure. Have students vote to select their three favorite green elements. Divide the class into small groups. Challenge each group to design a green skyscraper with the selected traits. Compare and contrast the results.
 
Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Give groups time to find and study various examples of green skyscrapers. Instruct groups to select three green elements to incorporate into their skyscraper designs. Give them time to sketch and create a model.
 
Grades 7-8: 
Divide the class into pairs. Give partners time to find and study various examples of green skyscrapers. Instruct them to select five green elements to incorporate into their skyscraper designs. Give students time to sketch and create a model. 
 
Grades 9-10:
Assign each student a partner. Encourage pairs to scour the Internet to learn more about green skyscrapers. Instruct them to select a combination of green elements that they think would result in the most environmentally friendly skyscraper ever built. Give pairs time to sketch and create a model of their designs. As pairs present their models to the class, challenge them to explain why they chose these green elements and why they think the combination of elements will result in the most environmentally friendly skyscraper ever built.