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Building Bingo

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    Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies

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Building Bingo

In this on site "field trip" activity (located on pages 6-9 of PDF), learners get hands-on experience identifying building materials by playing "Building Bingo". To play, teams of learners locate interior and exterior building materials at their site, use the Natural Materials chart to complete the Building Materials Facts label, and cross off the boxes on their Bingo cards. This lesson guide includes suggestions/tips and game hand-outs.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Field Trip, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Rocks and Minerals
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Architectural Engineering
      • Ceramic Engineering
      • Chemical Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
      • Mineral and Mining Engineering
    • Technology
      • Construction
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and the Environment
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, Smithsonian Institution, ©2000

Funding Source:

  • Rocks Build America Foundation of the National Stone Association