|Chicago Water Tower - model built|
by a 4th grader
Living in a city famous for its architecture, our 3rd/4th graders have been immersed in a study of Chicago architecture. In addition to class lessons guided by the Chicago Architecture Foundation curriculum covering everything from skyscrapers to bungalows, each student independently studied a specific Chicago building of his or her choosing.
|The 333 N. Wacker building which, as this|
student so cleverly noted, always reflects
They researched their buildings online, in books and in person; they created PowerPoints using their research and some photos; and built models using all sorts of creative materials.
|One student's fantastic model of the|
Chicago Tribune Tower using
Chicago Tribune newspaper
|The Blue Cross Blue Shield Building -|
all lit up to support the Chicago
White Sox. The student cut out
the requisite windows and
placed a lantern inside the model.
|The Chicago Board of Trade made|
of sugar cubes.
|The Robie House built from Legos.|
To wrap up the Chicago architecture study, the 3rd/4th graders embarked on a building docent field trip, visiting all "their" buildings in small groups. Each student was a "docent" for his or her building and lead a tour for the others. They were proud to show off their expert knowledge!
|Student docents in front of the Civic|
|A model of the Civic Opera House |
made from Rice Krispie treats; the Sears
(i.e. Willis) Tower is in the back-
ground, made out of fired clay.