Shelters

Age Range: 5 - 16

Shelters

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. Google Sketchup) to create a shelter on screen.

If you have any other ideas for using these resources, please leave a comment below...

Downloads:

Shelters Photos

Shelters Photos

A set of posters showing different kinds of shelters.

Shelters Collage

Shelters Collage

A set of images of shelters to use as part of your DT activities.

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