KEVA® Natural Resources
OBJECTIVE: Students will explore how different people groups use different materials to build their dwellings based on their climate and natural resources.
- 100-200 planks per student or group
- Habitat cards
Discuss with the students how different people groups use different natural resources to make their dwellings. Solicit responses from students and compile a list. For example: Sioux — tepee, Inuit — igloo, Powhatans — longhouses, Zunis — pueblos, American pioneers — log cabins, and southern plantations — brick mansions.
Ask the class, “Why were different materials used?” From their answers emphasize natural resources [they used what was available] and habitat [they made homes to protect them from their environment].
As a research project, have students find one people group with a unique type of dwelling. Have students draw or bring a picture of a dwelling along with a written description of the dwelling, habitat and people group.
Building Day: Tell the class that they are going to form small groups that will become a new people group. They will need to come up with a name for themselves and a type of dwelling. They will choose a habitat card, which will tell them their particular habitat.
Place the KEVA planks in the center of the room and ask the class what natural resources they have. [KEVA]
Allow time for the students to build small-scale replicas of their dwellings.
Have the groups present their dwelling to the class orally or by writing a travel brochure describing their habitat, people and dwellings.
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