CURRICULA FOR ARCHITECTURE STUDY FOR KIDS
These have been developed by various teachers and architects across the US. They get to be sort of repetitive, but there are gems in each one:

  1. About Angkor Wat: Architecture of Cambodia is a great full program and lesson plan designed by the National Endowment for the Humanities
  2. CUBE lesson plans from Kansas City.
  3. Architecture: It’s Elementary! by the AIA of Michigan and the Michigan Architecture Foundation
  4. KinderArt – curricula for elementary kids.
  5. Fantastic Pinterest collection of idea for kids.
  6. KidsThinkDesign has a good architecture section.
  7. A Barbie Architect Doll workshop designed by the AIA.
  8. Learning By Design by the Boston Society of Architects, which is mostly a list
    of programs that they offer but there might be some new ideas for you

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WRITINGS ABOUT KIDS LEARNING THROUGH ARCHITECTURE

1. The archKIDecture Build IT! Exhibit Project by Julie Cowan in the Nexus Network Journal

This essay describes how an interactive exhibit supports learning a myriad of concepts written by …well, by us.

2. Kids/Block/Learning by Patricia Gaffney Ansel at the Yale-New Have Teachers Institute

This essay provides an excellent defense of why all kids should use building blocks. Blocks of any sort are excellent self activity that can teach kids any number of skills.

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OTHER WEB LINKS ABOUT ARCHITECTURE + KIDS

Lots of book recommendations:
http://www.carolhurst.com/subjects/buildings.html

PBS’s Building Big Series
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/

Want to be an Architect? A website to explain why it might be interesting to choose this career.

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CLASSES AND PROGRAMS ABOUT ARCHITECTURE + KIDS

New York
The Skyscraper Museum has exhibits and programs for families
http://www.skyscraper.org/WHAT’S_UP/family_programs.htm

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ARCHITECTURE WORD LIST.

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A COUPLE OF SAMPLE LESSONS

What ABOUT MATERIALS?

Materials are the substances, the “stuff”
that are selected by the architects and used by the builders to create the
structure.

Materials give the building structural soundness

Materials provide shelter from the elements

Materials should be pleasing to view

Materials must be within the budget for the building

BRICKS
STRAW
WOOD
STONE
STEEL and GLASS

What ABOUT BUILDING SHAPES?

What forms can buildings take?

Of course they can be rectangles and pyramids, triangles and cones…but there are other shapes you could be considering too.

Take a look at this idea, thought out by Buckminster Fuller – a GEODESIC dome.

PROJECT 1 – architectural STRUCTURES