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Grade 4, Chapter 5 Investigation Organizer:

Be an Architect!


Summary: Use geometry to build a house or school. With your group, design and then build a model using different shapes.

1. Plan It

A. Discuss. Look at the List of Shapes here on Education Place or on page 205 of your textbook. Discuss how they can be used in your design.

B. Brainstorm. Decide what kind of building you want to create. Each group should pick something different to design. Some ideas include:

C. Design your model. Draw a picture of your building. Remember to use the List of Shapes to help with your design. Use as many shapes as you can in your design.

[Checkbox] My planning completed


2. Put It Together

A. Gather building materials. Find as many of the shapes from the list as you can. Use everyday objects, or make the shapes using heavy paper.

B. Build your model. Use the shapes you collected and your design to build your model.

[Checkbox] Our model completed


3. Wrap It Up

Review your model.

[Checkbox] Model review completed


4. Discuss Your Results

[Checkbox] Project review completed


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