Last year, I piloted an architecture choice unit with my third-grade students. One of the biggest takeaways from this experience was that my students LOVE to build things! Because of this, I’ve made more architecture and engineering activities available to them. I make a few of these items available for free choice when we near the end of a project. Below I’ve listed my students’ favorites!
Students will definitely gravitate toward their favorites, so you may have to come up with some sort of time allowance or set rotation. Another issue is that these architectural wonders cannot be permanent. We solved this issue by taking photos of finished projects before they were deconstructed. By no means is this an exhaustive list, but it’s a great place to get ideas for your own architectural center.
What do your students gravitate toward during free-choice?
What architecture and engineering items would you add to this list?
Alecia Eggers Kaczmarek
Alecia is an elementary art teacher in central Iowa who is passionate about teaching and reaching her students with an innovative and meaningful arts education.