Design a School
Creative Design Activity
Your students will have a chance to build their ideal school in this
WHAT YOU NEED
WHAT TO DO
- Large sheets of graph paper
- Colored pencils or markers
- Have students share stories about the different kinds of schools
they have attended. Discuss how they were the same or different
from their present school. Decide whether the differences were
mainly due to size, shape and kind of school building, the number of
students and teachers, or the subjects they studied.
- Explain to students that they will be creating an ideal school
based on their ideas about what would make the perfect school.
- Brainstorm with students a list of rooms and areas their ideal
school will have and what kind of learning will go on in each.
(Explain that offices and custodial work areas do not have to be
shown in the plan they make.)
- Divide the class into small groups and have each group choose a
different room or area of the school to design. To help them with
their plans have them consider and discuss the answers to questions
such as these:
- How many students and teachers will fit at one time in the room
- What will be the size (length, width, circumference) of the room
- How many windows and what kinds of lighting will be needed?
- How will the room or area be used? What kinds of activities will
take place there?
- What furniture, equipment, or materials will be needed for the
room or area?
- After considering these and any other questions, each group is
ready to draw their room plans on graph paper and then explain them
to the class.
- As a class, decide how to combine all the plans into one school
building plan. Make any necessary or last-minute adjustments to the
individual plans before combining them into the larger one.
Encourage them to name their new school and attach a list of its
perceived advantages and special features. Display it in a hallway or
- Invite the principal to view the new school plan and to discuss the
advantages of this ideal school plan and the ideas about learning
behind its design.
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