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Lesson 9 Mud Huts: How to Make Adobe Brick

Lesson 9Mud Huts: How to Make Adobe Brick

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After discussing the benefits and drawbacks of traditional and environmentally friendly building materials, your students will construct and test the heat retention of their own adobe bricks. They will then discuss how the bricks could be improved and in what environments they would be most effective as a building material.

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Recommended Level

  • Grades 3-4

National Standards Addressed

Common Core Language Arts

  • Reading RI.3.1, RI.3.2, RI.3.4
  • Speaking and Listening SL.3.1, SL.3.2
  • Writing W.3.7, W.3.8

Next Generation Science Standards

  • LS4.D Biodiversity
  • ESS3.B Natural Hazards
  • ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution

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