Central Idea: Architecture often reflects culture.Lines of Inquiry: religious architecture, cityscapes from around the world, landscape vs cityscape
We discussed buildings and I showed a powerpoint of a mix of middle eastern and western cityscapes. I wanted them to figure out that religion can be key element that determines what a city's skyline looks like. We used texture rubbing plates and opalescent cray pas for the domes and for the cut paper borders.
This being Saudi, 90% of my students are Muslim. The ones who haven't really traveled had NO idea that the big church that I was flashing on the screen is where Christian people pray. So interesting. I grew up in the suburban USA and I definitely would have had no idea what a mosque was when I was a kid. :)
This unit is a perfect blend with their next unit, which will be patterns. One of the Grade 1 teachers said that in their pre-assessment all the western kids made very linear ABABA style patterns where the middle eastern ones all made radial designs right off the bat. Lots of experience with patterns at the mosque I think!