I’ve made a set of photo cards showing different types of shelters that can be downloaded below. Here are some ideas for using them in the classroom:
- Look at the materials used in each shelter. Why was that material chosen? What are the properties of that material that make it suitable to use in each part?
- Look at the shapes that were used in the construction of each shelter. How does the shape affect the use and strength of the shelter?
- Try rating each shelter in terms of comfort / strength / protection from the elements etc.
- Discuss the use of each type of shelter. Can you think of any other types of shelter?
- Can you design your own shelter and make a labelled / exploded diagram?
- Use your DT skills to make a model of a shelter. Could you test the shelters that are made by subjecting them to different challenges (e.g. Would they protect someone from the rain / wind? Would they withstand an earthquake?)
- Use 3D modelling software (e.g. Sketchup) to create a shelter on screen.
If you have any other ideas for using these resources, please leave a comment below…