Elizabeth Linero, West Little River Elementary, Miami, FL
| Grade Level
||Math and Social Studies
||With the occurrence of 9/11
many people are apprehensive about entering tall buildings and are
asking themselves the question, should tall buildings continue
being built? This lesson will take a look at the tallest buildings
in the world and our nation. These skyscrapers are addressed as
urban habitats for densely populated areas and as a sign of
progress in the economic world.
To understand that human activity affects the physical
environment and how population growth improves methods of economic development
To collect data from the Internet, create graphs to show findings and interpret
To determine measures of central tendency using the data
Elaine Landau, computers and Internet availability, Skyscraper
||1. Build background by webbing the word
2. Have a classroom discussion about skyscrapers. The teacher can
ask questions such as: Have you ever visited a skyscraper? What
famous skyscraper have you heard about? What can be a problem with
skyscrapers? Why are they helpful? Teacher can include vocabulary
words: skyscraper, structure, and high-rise.
3. Read the book Skyscraper by Elaine Landau.
4. Discuss why skyscrapers are built. (They are built because the
space for many offices, businesses and living space are needed in
a high-populated are.).
5. The students will visit the following sites to read more about
the tallest buildings in the world. They will see pictures as well
Buildings of the World at http://mmwww.northville.k12.mi.us/
Petronas Towers http://hazama.co.jp/English/ct_klcc.html
6. The student will visit the following site and search for
the six tallest buildings in New York City and the five tallest
buildings in Chicago. They will use the Skyscraper Worksheet
to record the information. Students can access more information
at Info Please at http://infoplease.com/ipa/A0001338.html
7. The student will use their completed worksheet to create a
graph to show their findings for both cities.
8. They will compare both graphs to answer the questions on the
||Students will be assessed on
their bar graphs showing data on buildings for each city and
questions answered on data collected.
Skyscraper Worksheet Questions With Answers:
|1. Which city has
the tallest skyscrapers?
|2. Which city has
the oldest skyscrapers?
||New York City
|3. Which is the
tallest building of all?
|4. Which is the
least tallest building?
|5. How much taller
is the Sears Tower than the Empire State Building?
||The Sears Tower is
200 feet taller than the Empire State Building
|6. How are some of
the buildings names alike?
||Many buildings are
named after famous big companies.
|7. Find the range,
median and mode using the height of the buildings?
Range: 535 Median: 1,007 Mode: 952
|8. Write to
explain why you think Chicago’s buildings are taller than those in New York
Chicago buildings are taller because they were built 40 years later,
which means that the population has grown and there is more
need for space.
|Chicago’s Tallest Buildings
||N.Y.C. Tallest Buildings
Sears Tower 1974 1,450
Empire State Bldg. 1931 1,250
Aoh Centre 1973 1,136
|Chrysler Building 1930 1,046
| John Hancock 1969 1,127
American Int’l. 1932 952
|AT&T Corp. Ctr. 1989 1,007
||40 Wall Street 1930 927
|Two Prudential Plaza 1990 995
||Citicorp Center 1977 915
|American Int’l Bldg. 1932 952