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A Towering Achievement


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    Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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A Towering Achievement

In this experience, learners use the internet to research physical details about Chihuly's Fireworks of Glass "Tower" and "Ceiling" and consider the decisions Chihuly had to make as he was planning the sculpture. As part of the activity, learners practice their measuring skills to estimate the height of Chihuly's "Tower." Learners also consider the roles and responsibilities of team members and other workers and why teamwork is important in constructing a large sculpture. This activity is featured on pp.45-48 of the "Fireworks of Glass: The Art of Dale Chihuly" unit of study for grades 3-5.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Images of Fireworks of Glass Tower and Ceiling
  • Yardsticks or measuring tapes
  • Masking tape (optional)
  • Flip chart paper and marker
  • Computers with internet access
  • Notebooks
  • Large pieces of newsprint (at least 18 in. x 36 in.) or other inexpensive paper
  • Pens/markers

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Technology
      • Construction
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
    • Problem Solving
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Arts and Crafts

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse
  • touch

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

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Includes assesments for student learning

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, ©2006

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