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Unit 5 Part (A). Creating a model

When an architect designs a home they often build a model of the structure. The model is usually a miniature home, that looks like the home that will be built.

How to build a model

Almost anything can be used to make a model. Things such as modeling clay, construction paper, paper clips, colored pens, and small objects can be used.

Perhaps when you were younger, you played with toys that create miniature villages or structures. This is model building. What you do in the next part of the class will be the next step in modeling.

We will first study ancient ways of growing plants, and the way we study is to build models. This is a good way to learn about a system.

Designers often build models together, When you work in a small group, there is more hands to build a model. Also, like playing a game with other people, it is often more fun.

You can also work alone to build a model. This is sometimes a better way to work to really learn the whole design. During model making you might want to try both ways, alone or in groups.

Constructing the Model

It helps to build the model on a piece of wood or a strong material so that the model can be moved. The model may take several days to build and you may need to store it. Sometimes they are so wonderful, you cannot bear to tear them apart.

Doing models in the classroom.

There are four ancient worlds in the next section. These ancient ways to grow plants are similar to hydroponics because they are special ways of growing food.

Each ancient culture introduces you to a new group of people, often with very different types of homes and foods than are own. Many of the types of growing plants give us wonderful ideas about creating our own gardens.

Building models should be fun. And they should help you understand the ancient cultures. While you build the model, you may start to wonder about things and start to have questions. Be sure to write down these questions, or let your teacher know.

Later in the unit each of us will see if we can find answers to one or two of our questions.

So have fun building models. And welcome to the wonderful world of ancient cultures.

Revised: 1 May 2016
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