What is a Skyscraper?
What is a Skyscraper?
(Guest post by Rebecca Nutter)
It all began when a mom friend commented on my daughter's structure built from magnatiles.
"Wow, that looks like a skyscraper!"
When my daughter asked what a skyscraper was, she got a sufficient answer of a very tall building.
Hearing this interaction, bells went off about a possible interest to build on. Immediately, I began thinking about the different kinds of blocks that I could add to her play space, books to borrow, and buildings to visit. Luckily the interest was still there a couple days later when she built with her blocks.
I added books about skyscrapers for ideas and to answer questions she may have along the way. One particular book was her favorite, aptly titled Skyscraper. We read the book many times. We talked about what makes a building a skyscraper. She learned that it has to have a steel framework and be over 492 feet tall.
The first part of our “learning through adventure” was to take a walk through our neighborhood to observe the buildings. My daughter noticed that the houses, churches, and stores were very short. Also, during a car ride next to downtown Minneapolis, she looked at the buildings and commented, “THOSE are skyscrapers!” We discussed the materials we saw on our neighborhood buildings and the skyscrapers, but realized that we can’t see if there’s any steel inside!
Lastly, I began researching what skyscrapers we could visit the top of in Minneapolis. We found the Foshay Building had an observation deck. It would be a great chance to see the perspective from the top.
On our walk to the Foshay building, we had the opportunity to see the tall buildings from the bottom. Squinting into the sunlight, we looked up to see the tall buildings. “That building has LOTS of windows!” Using the knowledge we acquired about skyscrapers and our past observations of buildings, we knew we were in the presence of many skyscrapers!
Building on my daughter’s interest usually involves an aspect of “adventure.” We start at home with conversations, play, books, and maybe videos. However, when there is an opportunity for her to connect her learning to a REAL skyscraper, a visit to a REAL veterinarian office, or talk with a REAL life firefighter, those connections and learning are made even stronger.
Rebecca Nutter, MEd is an Early Childhood Educator from Minnesota. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two girls.
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