Campus Architectural Survey or “I Never Really Noticed That Before”
By Thomas Lapre, October 28, 2007
- Middle School
- Social Studies
Common Core State Standards
Comprehension and Collaboration:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.1.A Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.2 Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.3 Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and relevance and sufficiency of the evidence and identifying when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.4 Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.5 Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6-8.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grade 8 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)
English Language Arts Standards: Science & Technical Subjects
Key Ideas and Details:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
Craft and Structure:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.9 Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
- compute the area of the campus
- compute the average area of each classroom in the school
- compute the volume of each classroom
- determine the various geographical bearings of the campus and its buildings
- compile data in a spreadsheet
- answer questions based on their observations about the campus and its design
- sketch a drawing to scale of the campus and its buildings
- Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Works
- 100 foot tape measure
- Lensatic compass
- graph paper
- pencils & pens
- yardstick or meter stick
- area: the surface included within a a set of lines; the number of unit squares equal in measure to the surface
- bearing: the situation or horizontal direction of one point with respect to another or to the compass
- volume: mass or the representation of mass in art or architecture
- scale: an indication of the relationship between the distances on a map and the corresponding actual distances
- spread sheet: an accounting program for a computer; the ledger layout modeled by such a program
- magnetic north: the northerly direction in the earth’s magnetic field indicated by the north-seeking pole of the compass needle
- true north: marked in the skies by the north celestial pole; for most practical purposes, this is the position of the star Polaris
- footprint: the area on a surface covered by something, for instance, a building
- One team will be assigned to measure the perimeter of the campus and to sketch the locations of various structures on the campus with respect to points on a compass.
- Another team will be assigned to measure and sketch the outside dimensions of campus buildings.
- Other teams will be assigned the task of measuring and sketching the interior structures such as rooms, hallways, and stairs. Assign a separate team to each floor or large area.