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Reconstructing Rome

Reconstructing Rome

Teacher(s) Name: Peoples, , , and

School: Hungary Creek MS

Grade Level(s): Grade 8

Content Area(s): World History

Lesson Summary

My World History & Geography students were given a MakerHUB challenge during the month of February. They were asked to “reconstruct Rome” by highlighting their personal strengths. Each student was asked to research an architectural creation of the Roman Empire that has disappeared or decayed over time. After they picked their building or structure, they were asked to recreate it with whatever means they preferred – digital or physical.

TIPC Ratings

Research & Information Fluency

Rating:Approaching – Explanation: Students had to pick and research a piece of Roman architecture to research and recreate. They had to find their own sources, and were guided in the direction of finding the most reliable ones available. Many before them have “recreated” these structures, but if they were using someone else’s “recreation” they needed to determine whether or not it was valid. That could help them redesign the building/structure to what it looked like in its “prime”.

Communication & Collaboration

Rating: Developing – Explanation: As this was an independent project to celebrate individual creativity, there was not a lot of communication and collaboration happening. However, several students took the time to work with classmates and find new techniques to master programs like Tinkercad and Minecraft.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Rating: Ideal – Explanation: Students had to recreate a building or structure that no longer exists or only exists in ruin. They had to “fill in the gaps” of what is known by studying models made by historians, reading about what the structures was used for, and figuring out where in the Roman Empire their structure existed. After gathering all of that information, they had to figure out the best way to recreate what they researched.

Creativity & Innovation

Rating: Ideal – Explanation: Students were not given many parameters on how they could reconstruct the building/structure of their choice, so they were able to highlight their strengths with what they created. Entries included virtual 3D models in Tinkercad, entire worlds in Minecraft, physical 3D models made with a variety of materials, dioramas, and artwork that really helped some highlight their drawing capabilities.

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