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Project 02 Title: City Houses, City Dreams

Curricular connections: Technology, Art/Design, Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, etc

Synopsis: Imagine the house of your dreams! Draw it on paper, showing views from all sides and the top. 
Build a model of it out of oak tag or stiff paper. 
Draw the same house on the computer. 
Conclude with a poem about your imaginary house.

Key Questions:
What are the characteristics which make a building a house?
What are the geometric shapes found in a house?
What are the components of a house? What purposes do they serve?
What are the similarities and differences between housing styles?
What are the similarities and differences between the models and computer renderings? 

Materials:
Text resources, Input device (digital camera, scanner), Computer, Art materials

Activities: 
Walking tour of the neighborhood around the school. Bring digital camera if possible.
Class discussion on the walking tour. Share images from digital camera.
Each student creates 3-D model of a house from a drawing, makes a series of drawings on the computer, writes a poem about their imaginary house.
Be sure to include lessons on measurement and key words (scale, shape, proportion, etc)
Concluding activities
Discussion and oral presentations

Variations:
Using student volunteers, document the process with camera and writing. Have students organize as “a publishing house”. Publish your project.
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