Today was GCCS’s first Career Day for grades K-3!  Some students came in looking like young professionals as if they were going on an interview!  It was so cute!

2nd Graders learned about 3 careers/occupations today: pharmacist, occupational therapist, and an architect.

Since I am a “building lover” and have given architecture/history/city development tours for Tim Tielman and Mike Rizzo (local author, tour owner), I chose to educate students about the architect profession.

Students learned about the architecture profession.
Students discussed making goals and reaching them.
Students thought critically about the buildings that surround them, considered form/function, and explained why/how circa and location play a role in the design of a building.
Tomorrow, students will design and make functional structures using a variety of materials.


  1. The art or practice of designing and constructing buildings.
  2. The style of a building with regard to a specific period, place, or culture.

Every building was/is designed by an architect for different purposes. A school building, sports arena, skyscraper, shopping center, symphony hall, etc are all designed with different purposes in mind. The form meets the function. 

Students watched the story, Iggy Peck, Architect and will watch Roberto the Insect Architect tomorrow .

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Students also viewed local and world architecture.  I asked them to think critically about the pictures while viewing them:

  • What does a building’s design tell you about how it is used?
  • Which designs do you like? Which don’t you like? Why?
  • What time period, place, and culture do you think this building was designed in?
  • Notice the similarities between buildings. Do you think that any of these buildings were designed and/or built by the same person? Why do you think so?

Tomorrow, students will work collaboratively to create a structure.  They will be supplied with materials such as craft sticks, corks, toothpicks, cardboard, and glue. They will be challenged to work in teams to create a structure. They will need to present the structure to the class and explain how they made it and what purpose the structure serves.

While driving in the car (especially in the city of Buffalo), I encourage you to point out different buildings.  Even if you don’t know what kind of architecture it is or what the use of the building is, ask your child to make observations and predictions.  Is it old? Is it new? What do you think is going on inside? Do you like it? Do you not like it?  Is it pretty?  Students need to think critically about their surroundings to become good thinkers!

What a great day of critical thinking … and thought about our futures!

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