State Your Claim with an Architectural Twist - Grade 3 Integrated (Social Studies/Visual Arts) - Instructional Unit 4

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Enhanced and Updated - June 30, 2015 - This updated integrated, instructional unit includes learning experiences, teacher and student resources, assessment ideas, and differentiation options. The storyboard document provides a roadmap with teaching activities and a possible performance assessment for the unit.

This instructional unit references the following separate instructional units:

All of the unit files are available below.


During the 6-8 weeks of the unit, students will examine their own financial choices, respond to primary and secondary sources related to a specific new construction decision within their community, analyze how specific architectural choices impact community decisions and examine the ways in which diverse perspectives in the community are voiced during the decision making process. This unit will culminate with a final project in which students synthesize the information they know about architecture to create a specialized community gathering place that reflects the needs of their community to create 2D sketches, blueprints and a finalized 3D model. Students will be asked to share their reasoning for the proposed new construction and defend their position on the design of the community gathering place, the distinct economic ramifications, and how it will better the community.

Visual Arts: Architecture derives from a balance of safety, practicality, aesthetics and environment in order to create a positive human experience

Social Studies: Community members who seek to understand and value diverse perspectives can work collaboratively to address/solve economic problems (such as community construction proposals)