What is a section view?



Students are helped to understand floor plans, interior elevations, details and section cuts by first observing the cuts of various (non-architectural) objects. Students are introduced to the definition of and importance of a section view through interactive lecture accompanied by a power-point. To further model the section concept and teach about cutting planes, students observe various cuts of a bell pepper. Students then attempt in pairs to locate the cutting planes on architectural drawings when given correlating floor plans, elevations and section views. Instructor assesses through observation and assistance when needed.

Instructional Hours

10 Days

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (3)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (5)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will be able to define and recognize a section view and will be able to explain its importance.
  • Students will observe how using appropriate cutting planes in a sectional view will clarify hidden features of an object and using critical thinking skills, will apply this to the location of cutting planes on an architectural plan view.
  • Students will interact respectfully and effectively with other students during group work activities.

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