Architectural Styles - The Grand Finale (4 of 4)



In this lesson students will design and build a Gingerbread House depicting the common characteristics they discovered for the Time Period they studied and presented for the "Styles of Architecture Found in the United States Today" project earlier this year. They will be working in the same teams they worked in for the project.

This is a fun activity and a great final exam to end the semester. Students love it. It allows them to use their creativity and it's not stressful like your typical final. Also the end result goes to a good cause (if this is what you choose to do.)

The idea for this final came from the students themselves a few years ago. The gingerbread houses that they design and built are donated to a local daycare after the final is over. The daycare we donate our gingerbread houses too happens to be run by the mother of one of my former students. I generally deliver them and get to see the reaction of the kids. They love them. It's a fun way to end the year.

Lesson Time

1 Class Period
90 Minutes
1 Class Period (Finals)
2 Hours

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (18)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • This is a fun activity with no stress and good choice for a Final Exam at the winter break. Students will utilize the knowledge they have gained in their research and presentation of their Architectural Styles project and build a good representation including special characteristics of their time period.
  • Students share the satisfaction that they are providing a service to the community by donating the finished houses to a local daycare.
  • Students work efficiently as a member of a design team and interact professionally with team members.
  • Students formulate solutions to architectural design problems
  • Students present and justify design solutions and present their findings.

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