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Schoolyards to Skylines is a unique K-8 teaching resource designed to expand how you and your students think about and use architecture in your classroom and your community.

Check out the Table of Contents for a quick overview of how architecture may be used as a dynamic interdisciplinary tool for teaching all grades and all subjects and help meet state learning standards. 

The five highlighted units in the Table of Contents are available free as downloadable PDF files.

Table of Contents plus 5 free downloadable lessons to try out

Social Sciences
Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade - A
6th Grade - B
7th Grade
8th Grade

Construction Workers
School Rooms & City Places
Rural, Suburban, & Urban
The Great Chicago Fire
Immigrant Architecture
Native American Architecture
Ancient Architecture in Chicago
Architectural Stone Carver
19th Century Industrial Buildings
Historic Preservation
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15
23
31
45
59
77
101
113
131
Science
Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade

Bodies and Buildings
Shadows
Rooftop Gardens
Skyscraper Structures
Acoustics
Nature’s Impact on Buildings
Movable Bridges
The Big Chiller
Green Architecture
153
159
165
171
185
195
201
213
223
Mathematics
Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade - A
5th Grade - B
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade

Shapes in Architecture
Stairs
Measuring Buildings
World’s Fair of 1893
Coordinate Grid Maps
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Windows
The Chicago Bungalow
Ferris Wheels and Stadiums
Land Use Planning
Shadows and Skyscrapers
 237
243
249
253
269
277
291
307
317
329
Language Arts
Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
Changes Over Time
Building Material Textures
Family Homes and Histories
Famous Chicago Architects
Historical Markers
The Chicago Bungalow
Architecture and Senses
19th Century Industrial Buildings
“Skyscraper” Poem
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349
353
365
381
387
399
405
409
Fine Arts
Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
Caryatids
Mosaics
Drawing with Words
Terra Cotta
Wearing Buildings
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Windows
Architectural Illustrators
Music and Architecture
Chicago Tribune Tower
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427
431
435
447
451
453
461
473
Index
Index
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Resources

Arches to Yugoslavian immigrants—find it here
More information on each building mentioned throughout the text
Conducting a visual survey of a building (also known as ‘reading’ a building)
Four orders of classical columns
Books, articles, videos, websites, and other built environment curricula
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499
502
503
504

 

Lessons are available to download in PDF files (Portable Document Format), free software for both Windows and Macintosh. We recommend at least version 5.0 to correctly view the files. 

 

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