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Explore shelters around the world. Make crayon rubbings to construct textured models of homes where people in various cultures and time periods live.
Choose a country that interests you and locate it on a world map. Find out what types of homes people in that country lived in traditionally and where they live now. In China, for example, families who fish may still live on boats called junks, while city dwellers usually live in apartments. In the Philippines, some families live in houses on stilts. Some Navajo families today live in traditional 8-sided homes called hogans, but most of them live in ranch-style homes.
Choose a recycled box to use as a base for your shelter. Find textured surfaces that will resemble the building materials for your shelter, such as bricks, concrete, wood, or metal (corrugated cardboard with the top layer of paper peeled away). Place white paper on a textured surface. With Crayola Twistables® make crayon rubbings. The harder you press, the more pronounced your texture will be. Be creative! Experiment with mixing colors and turning your paper. Make different textures for the roof and exterior walls.
Figure out how to cover the box with your crayon rubbings. Draw on details such as doorways and windows. Attach the paper with a Crayola Glue Stick. Make sure your structure resembles the actual homes of the region and time period you chose.
Display and discuss your shelters with other students. Find similarities and differences in building materials, construction methods, natural resources in the area, and other factors. Arrange your shelters along a time line to show how shelters have changed. Try other groupings to show other similarities and differences.
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