This project asks students to design a Native American home that was realistic to the times. They included both structural and landscaping to show off their knowledge of Native Americans. Students worked on TinkerCAD to recreate the typical types of homes such as adobes, pueblos, and long houses.
*Tips & Tricks:
• After students design their homes make sure that each home design has a solid base underneath it. (I usually go through and just make a square "floor" on each design). This will ensure that student's designs are printed as one solid piece, rather than separate pieces for the structure and agriculture pieces.
• Before printing it's important to go through each student's design to ensure that their creations are printable. For example: We often had students who 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.
• We also printed multiple homes on a build plate at a time. It cut down on printing time and allowed the printer to run all day instead of shorter prints that needed to constantly be started throughout the day.
After the Native American homes were printed students got a chance to place the homes on a map of the US to show where the homes were built.
Students logged on to TinkerCAD to create their Native American homes.
Students learned all about Native Americans and the types of homes they lived in. Students designed a Native American home that was realistic to the times. They included both structural and landscaping to show off their knowledge of Native Americans. Students worked on TinkerCAD and recreated the typical types of homes such as adobes, pueblos, and long houses. Students needed to create the homes 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 of the different Native American homes.
This lesson accompanied a social studies lesson where students learned about different Native American Tribes. Students learned 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
Similar Brain Pop Lesson with Standards:
In class students learn about different Native American tribes across North American and where the Native Americans lived and built their homes.
In class students discuss similarities and differences of how different tribes built their homes and the physical characteristics of the different homes.
Students chose a type of tribal home that interests them most and create a drawing depicting the architectural and landscapes of that Native American culture. This will serve as their draft for their 3D design.
After the student’s draft is approved by the teacher they may begin working in TinkerCAD.
Students log into TinkerCAD and begin creating their model of the Native American home they chose.
Once students finish the teacher needs to ensure that the creation has all of the components and is ready for printing.
After students learned about the Native Americans unit in class the actual 3D modeling and creating part took the students two 30-minute computer lab times.
Students need to know:
Real World Connection: The pueblo was built by American Indians in the Southwest either inside caves or on the sides of large cliffs. Homes were built of bricks made from adobe clay by mixing clay, sand, grass, and straw together and then setting them in the sun to
harden. Clay rooms were built on top of each other, sometimes as high as 4 or 5 stories tall. Each room got smaller the higher the pueblo was built. Ladders were used to climb between the floors.
Students also need a TinkerCAD account and need to know how to group items and create holes.
By the end of the project students should have designed a Native American home that represents how the people lived. Students will get full credit on their 3D creations if they ensure that their home has both the structural and agricultural features of the different homes.
Brain Pop Intro Lesson:
Native Americans Lessons and Resources: