June 5, 2017
Students will learn about Native Americans and the types of homes they lived in. They will then design a Native American home that was realistic to the times and area. The models will include both structures and landscaping to show off their knowledge of Native American tribes. Students will use TinkerCAD to recreate the typical types of homes such as adobes, pueblos, and long houses. Models will need to look authentic and have different aspects of the homes such as ladders, community gardens, and other identifying features of the Native American homes they studied.
Students should be able to identify the different types of Native American tribes and where they lived. Students need to know the attributes and styles of the different Native American homes.
This lesson should accompany a social studies lesson where students learn about different Native American Tribes. Students should learn about where these homes are located and where they can be found on a map.
Virginia SOL: Social Studies SOL 2.2: The student will compare the lives and contributions of three American Indian cultures of the past and present, with emphasis on the Powhatan of the Eastern Woodlands, the Lakota of the Plains, and the Pueblo peoples of the Southwest.
Common Core Standards:
Common Core Standards: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/pub/sscore1.pdf
After students learn about the Native Americans unit in class, 3D modeling and creating houses should take the students two 30-minute computer lab times, not counting print time.
Students need to know:
By the end of the project students should have designed a home that represents how Native American people lived. Students will get full credit on their 3D models if they ensure that their home has both the structural and agricultural features of the different homes.
• After students design their homes, make sure that each home design has a solid base underneath it. This will ensure that student's designs are printed as one solid piece, rather than separate pieces for the structure and agriculture pieces. The easiest way to do this is to add a square base to each students' model after the fact.
• Before printing, it's important to go through each student's design to ensure that their creations are printable. For example, students have created awesome crops however parts of the crops often "floated" above other parts instead of actually being connected. Doing a quick check that objects are correctly layered and designed will help immensely when it comes down to printing.
• If your printer is capable of it, print multiple homes on a build plate at a time. It will cut down on both printing time and allow the printer to run all day instead of shorter prints that need to constantly be started and scheduled around throughout the day.
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