We made scale models in groups of the Parthenon. We researched the original measurements and using what we know in maths about ration and proportion built scale models. We wrote our own blog posts about the process of designing, making and calculating and how we overcame any problems.
Together we achieved our scale model of the Parthenon by communicating, working together and persevering. The base and the roof they went well because we took are time and concentrating on are goals. We changed our ratio because when we first made it, it was to small because we had all ready made our pillars and they didn’t fit the scale.
In groups, your challenge is to design and build scale models of The Parthenon based upon the original measurements.
If the Parthenon was 100 metres long, you wouldn’t have space to build it the actual size inside or outside the classroom so you will need to use your excellent mathematical skills to decide upon a scale. Using the example of 100m, you could say that one metre in real life would represent 1cm on your scale model.
Remember that you need to convert the units of measurement first, how many cm in a m?
How many cm is 100m? 1cm on your model would represent how many cm in real life? What would the scale look like from my example?
1: 100 1: 1000 1:10 1:10,000 1: 100, 000 1: 1,000,000
It’s this man’s job to work for Lego to make scale models. Click on the link to find out more:
Would you like to work for Lego making scale models?
Remembering what we have learnt about internet research and research from books, find out about The Parthenon and why it was so important to Ancient Greek people.
Where is it? Who went there? Do people still go there now?
You may use any books in the classroom and library freely. You may use Swiggle for information freely however if you would like to use the Internet for anything else you will need to run it past me first so that I can check to see if it is safe.
Designing and making
Now that you know, the measurements and some basic information about the Parthenon, have a go at making a scaled model.
Sharing your model with the World!
When you have finished, in your groups create a blog post about The Parthenon with information and a photograph of your finished model. You could also add photographs of the process and explain why you chose to make it as you did. Remember not to add photographs of yourself alongside your usernames-I will be taking lots of photographs so that you can focus on the process. Mistakes are for learning so include any problems you came across and how you overcame them in your evaluation at the end of the session.