Lessons

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?

Lesson Plan 1

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.

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Lesson 2: Designing a Skyscraper

Lesson Plan 2

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.

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Lesson 3: Building a Skyscraper

Lesson Plan 3

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.

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[DOWNLOAD ACTIVITY 1] [DOWNLOAD ACTIVITY 2] [DOWNLOAD ACTIVITY 3]
[DOWNLOAD SKYSCRAPER PHOTOGRAPH MASTER]


Lesson 4: Changes in a City over Time

Lesson Plan 4

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.

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