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Architectural Features Cards

School: Genesee Community Charter School

City/State: Rochester, NY

Grade(s): 5

Format(s): Trading card

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Visual Arts

Project Overview

Fifth grade students at Genesee Community Charter School created these cards during an expedition called Liberty and Justice for All…? To create the cards, students researched and sketched Federal, Georgian, Colonial, Greek and other architectural styles on field studies to Rochester, Boston and Philadelphia. After further study, each student created a card about a particular architectural feature, with an ink and watercolor illustration on the front and a description of the feature on the back. The 27 cards together form a deck of architectural features. Students also brainstormed possible architectural card games to help others learn about architecture. 

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • Exemplifies the use of a common template for each entry (which adds consistency), while retaining students’ unique contributions.
  • Highlights a format in which the work of each student can be individually assessed.
  • Drawings are carefully done and painted with high-quality, vibrant water-colors.
  • A nice example of a unique format that is fun for kids. Each deck of cards also comes with a custom box.

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can accurately use 5th grade academic vocabulary to express my ideas.
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