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Look at That Building!: A First Book of Structures

Ritchie, Scot (Author/Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2011. 32 pages
First published: 2011
Series: Exploring Our Community
ISBN: 9781554536962 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 690
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This beginners’ reference-book-with-a-storyline introduces readers to the basics of construction through the eyes of five friends—Yulee, Martin, Nick, Sally and Pedro—who are on a quest to build a doghouse for their pet, Max, who is unable to join them in their new tree house.

Their adventure begins in the library, where they research foundations, beams and frames before heading into the streets to investigate the secrets of the buildings they see (but don’t pay attention to) every day—their school, a fire station, surrounding skyscrapers. Along the way the five friends learn everything they need to know about how buildings are made, what makes them strong and what keeps them standing, from floors, walls and windows to arches, domes and columns.

The book features key facts in bold lettering, bright drawings and kid-friendly comic-book scenes with speech bubbles that drive the narrative forward. It ends with easy instructions for building a mini doghouse out of marshmallows, craft sticks and construction paper.

  •  Make a list of the different parts of a building that are highlighted in the book.
  •  

    Search for arch, dome and triangle shapes in the school and draw/write where you found them.

  •  Design your own home and draw a diagram of it. Label the parts.
  •  Make a list of the different parts of a building that are highlighted in the book. Illustrate them.
  •  

    Look at buildings in your surroundings and take pictures of the featured parts. Label them.

  •  

    Design a treehouse for yourself. Draw the plan and identify the parts.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To solve problems
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology