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Reach For The Sky
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In this lesson students explore the technology of vertical architecture. They discover how skyscrapers go up and how they remain standing. They learn about planning, design, and construction technology as it relates to tall buildings. They obtain specific data about the tallest buildings all over the world. After researching the topic, the students consider alternative designs for a tall building and choose one of their designs to build. As a final step, they design and construct a model of a skyscraper.

Grade Level:


Subject Matter:

Technology Education, Science, Social Studies, Art/Architecture

Curricular Uses:

Construction Technology, Architecture, Urban Planning Studies, Physical Science

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Define the roles of an architect, a structural engineer, and a systems engineer.
  • List the ten tallest buildings in the world.
  • Give examples of different construction methods for skyscrapers.
  • Synthesize construction technologies in building systems.

Use of Internet:

Students will use the Internet as a tool and resource for research.

This lesson plan was developed by wNetSchool Master Teacher Joanne Reddan, and was funded by The Louis Calder Foundation.