This is a complete unit devoted to the study of structures—full of ideas for guiding awareness of the physical properties of existing structures, as well as motivating creative thought and production of newly built objects.
Beginning with simpler knowledge concepts and exercises, and moving through a taxonomy (Bloom) of learning objectives, the study culminates in a creative synthesis of ideas.
Essential questions are posed and knowledge sought through personal schema, hands-on experiences and thoughtful reflection. These questions are meant to give meaning, relevance and definition to the unit. “Students must construct their own answers and make their own meaning from the information they have gathered.” (Wiggins and MacTigue, 1995)