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Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities
Duration: 120 Minutes
Date Posted: 6/30/2013

Architects design the buildings we use every day. Their designs solve problems, like how to make a sturdy building, and reflect their ideas about beauty and history. By using this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children and adults can learn about architecture and problem solving through children's literature, museum objects, and hands-on activities. Focused around Julia Morgan Built a Castle, a work of children's literature about Julia Morgan’s studies and successes as an architect, the module includes links to hands-on activities and a list of recommended readings for further exploration.

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