Architectural stone investigation - What makes great buildings?
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Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
- Students are expected to be able to identify common minerals found in rocks, by sight, in polished slab specimens.
- Students are expected to be able to describe, using basic geologic terminology, the formation of common igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.
- Students are expected to be able to perform basic research using the internet, simple phone interviews, and printed resources.
- Students are expected to be able to create basic PowerPoint presentations.
- Students are expected to be proficient at working in small groups.
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
The main goal of the project is for students to gain an understanding of the importance and uses of earth materials in building and planning major buildings in an urban setting.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
The general format of the project is:
1. Students research building design, placement and use of earth materials in a major building.
2. Students research the earth materials used in their building.
3. Students create and show their PowerPoint presentation in class.
4. Students prepare and deliver an on-site oral presentation about their building.
The activity helps students connect a basic study of earth materials to urban planning and living.
Determining whether students have met the goals
2. A follow-up writing assignment is given. Students are required to write an open-ended summary of their learning about the use of earth materials in major buildings.
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- Activity Description/Assignment (Microsoft Word 40kB Apr18 06)
- Instructors Notes (Microsoft Word 22kB Apr18 06)