We followed my planning notes and it worked really well. I only added in one thing on Thursday, when we talked about the Ocean biome and the Kon-Tiki raft exploration led by Thor Heyerdahl (discussed in House by Albert Lorenz). I showed them the Journey of Mankind: The Peopling of the World interactive timeline/map put together by The Bradshaw Foundation. Very interesting!
Here are photos of the work in progress and the finished museum. Note that the displays are set up on colored silks which match the biome map key. It's so nice to be organized. And, seriously, if you have an Early Childhood kiddo, I promise you'll be getting many years of good use from that collection of play silks. We use them in displays all the time.
In Waldorf, Housebuilding is a standard Third Grade block. I'm happy to share all of my resource links and if I've forgotten one, please just ask.
As we learned about each biome (we covered one in the morning and one in the afternoon each day Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu, with Fri morning set aside for the field trip plus the creation of the Bonus Exhibit) we laid out these Biome Cards for the Continents three part cards from Waseca Biomes. We used only the People and Shelter cards from this extensive set of nomenclature.
Carefully arranged by continent on the Biomes of the World Mat, one biome at a time, we could easily see similarities in building materials and styles.
I displayed many of the books which we used throughout the museum, nearby exhibits that they fit really well with. We also had some extra resource books set up on the table in the kitchen.
Okay, so here's your virtual walk through of the whole thing: