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Take Shelter: At Home Around the World

Tate, Nikki (Author)
Tate-Stratton, Dani (Author)
Orca 2014. 48 pages
First published: 2014
Series: Orca Footprints
ISBN: 9781459807426 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 392.3
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

layout, setting

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 examination of dwellings around the world offers a peek at our resourcefulness in finding, building and improving shelters. Fully illustrated chapters address a wide range of topics, including “Living Rough in Las Vegas,” “Following the Herds,” “Natural Building,” “Shelter for Everyone” and much more.

Conversational language introduces structures that are traditional (cave homes, reed homes and igluit), contemporary (container homes) and novel (hotels of ice, airplanes and ex-prisons). Materials, design and function are also addressed in a range of fascinating examples, such as the “teeny-tiny Dumpster house. With a port-a-potty, sun deck, barbecue and outdoor shower, this little house is strong, weatherproof and portable.”

Quality photography captures these unique homes and the people who live in them. One image shows a group of underground dwellings in Switzerland, the curving windowpanes of their entranceways circle a community pond; vents poke from the rolling lawn of the rooftops. In another, children in Brazil gaze down on the brightly painted buildings of their favela square: “The project brought residents … together and dramatically increased tourism in the area.”

Back material includes further resources and an index to complete this appealing and informative book.

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    Make a class list of options for places that one could call home.

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    Is yours an efficient home? In what ways could your home be improved? Create a model of your home with these changes. Annotate the key features.

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    Choose a home that is unique and interesting to you. In your reader-writer’s notebook describe it in detail. Write a story that takes place in the home you have chosen.

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    Design your ideal abode. Choose from characteristics and locations of different dwellings.

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    As a group, brainstorm places where people could live. Sort these homes into different categories and create a mind map to show your thinking.

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    Discuss what features a home needs to have. Think in terms of commodities, location, spaciousness and energy efficiency.

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    Discuss how the homes in the book fit the features you identified above. As you learn about different kinds of dwellings, add them to your mind map. Can you think of new ways to sort them?

  •  Design your ideal abode. Choose from characteristics and locations of different dwellings to design your own home. Create a magazine article about your new home.
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    Build a vocabulary wall of adjectives to describe homes of all kinds. Get additional inspiration from perusing the book.

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    Select one of the featured shelters and research the people who live there. On an index card, draw a picture of the shelter and on the flip side, write your research information. Pin the card onto a classroom world map or do a similar activity using an online interactive mapping tool.

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    Write a text on how to build a particular shelter. Refer to the websites at the back for help. With a partner, share your instructions with classmates using a media presentation tool. Be prepared to answer questions.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology
  • Home (C. Ellis) (Setting)