The Museum's Education department has prepared several lesson plans and supplemental worksheets for students as they prepare for a visit or extend learning when back in the classroom.
Lesson 1: What is a Skyscraper?
Students inductively discover the characteristics of skyscrapers as they complete a "Skyscraper Detectives" activity that invites them to examine an array of the Museum's archival images.
Students examine archival photographs of the Empire State Building site and explore its construction. Through analysis of primary source documents, students develop a sense of the scope of skyscraper construction.
A variety of exploration stations allow students to explore principles crucial to skyscraper construction. They concurrently learn the terminology and parts of a skyscraper, and practice using these terms with images.
Students practice close looking skills using images of the Manhattan skyline from three different time periods. They infer the likely changes that transpire in a city over time, and create their own imagined skyline from a time period either in the future or the past.