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Maker Projects for Kids Who Love Designing Spaces

Kopp, Megan (Author)
Crabtree 2017. 32 pages
First published: 2017
Series: Be a Maker!
ISBN: 9780778725800 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 745.5
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

layout, multimodal, 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:

Encouraging hands-on, real-life learning, this fully illustrated book offers an inspiring and practical peek at the world of interior design. Single-spread chapters, such as “Time to Design,” “More than a Place” and “Colour Me Happy,” introduce history and principles, with an abundance of photographic examples. Tight language makes use of frequent headlines, captions and sidebars, and is supported by colourful layouts with fun, wonky graphics.

Fascinating material includes innovative approaches to interior design, such as in Google’s New York City office, where ladders and a slide replace “waiting for slow elevators.” Reader engagement is encouraged in the language: “Think about a space in your school. What is its purpose? How would you redesign that space so it is used more efficiently?” Inspiring sidebars—“Makers and Shakers”—include profiles of a teenage designer, and the first woman to design the interior of a mosque.

Throughout the book, “Make It!” sections outline projects for readers, such as making an ideas board, creating a room plan and upcycling a piece of furniture. A glossary, further resources and an index complete this entertaining and useful book.

  •  

    Sketch one of your favourite rooms at home, school or elsewhere. As you read, reflect on the elements that are present in your favourite space.

  •  

    Set a purpose for reading this book. Browse the table of contents, glossary and index, and decide how you will proceed to best meet your purpose.

  •  Try one of the projects in the book such as making a model of a room, upcycling a table or creating an ideas board. Document and share the process.
  •  

    Brainstorm places and spaces that make you feel good. How are they organized? Identify and list the elements that give you this feeling: consider furniture, location, colour, materials used, size, lighting, etc.

  •  

    As you read, think about how the book’s information relates to your preferred elements from activity #1. Add the information to your list (texture, balance, etc.).

  •  As you read, document the vocabulary needed to talk about a great space.
  •  

    Try one of the projects in the book, such as making a model of a room, upcycling a table or creating an ideas board. Document and share the process.

  •  In pairs, check your understanding of the words in the glossary.
  •  Working in small groups, divide up the sections of the book. Take brief notes and share what you learned with your group.
  •  

    Use a gallery walk to share your ideas board for a dedicated space of your choosing.

  • To cooperate with others
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Career Development
  • Mathematics
  • Visual Arts