This gave me the opportunity to differentiate the instruction for students. They had the option to build a 3D model using found/repurposed materials, hand-drawing a floor plan rendering, or using and online interior design tool to create the space digitally (students used HomeStyler.com). There was even a student that wrote a proposal as to why she wanted to build her hamsters home in MineCraft. I was very impressed with how creative students got when they were given options and freedom on how to create their homes.
I never thought my students would be designing homes for hamsters in my student teaching but I am sure glad we did! This project was a great success and really helped them to understand that Design Thinking Process much better.
What do you think? Would you know where to being when designing a home for a hamster? :)
National Standards Addressed
Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices to plan works of art and design.