Green Literacy and Architectural Design Curriculum (GLAD) 2011

Green Literacy and Architectural Design Curriculum (GLAD) is a program intended to give students in grades 5–9 an introduction to architectural sustainability. Designed to use an interdisciplinary approach to reinforce skills and standards, GLAD teaches students about sustainability through architectural design projects and interactive, hands-on exercises.

The curriculum, written by an award-winning middle school teacher, was created with the intent to be easy for the professional and the student to participate, learning together about architecture and sustainability. Lessons include fun, easy-to-follow activities, and the course is completed with a comprehensive test.

Download the Introduction to the GLAD Curriculum

Part I: Introduction to Sustainability and Architecture

  • Introduction to Green Vocabulary
  • Recycling Systems
  • Comic Strip

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Part II: Architectural Basics

  • General Measurement
  • Measurement Lesson I
  • Measurement Lesson II
  • Fundamentals of Residential Construction
  • Symbols and Measurement Lesson I
  • Symbols and Measurement Lesson II

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Part III: Architectural Challenge

  • Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 Tutorial
  • Shipping Container Home Challenge
  • Test

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Author Biography

Jennifer Caffrey is a 14-year veteran of technology education. She has taught at the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, in Old Lyme, Connecticut, for the past 10 years. After competing in the School of the Future Student Design Competition, run by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), she became very interested in green design in architecture. The seventh-grade students at her school have been using her curriculum, based on Autodesk® Revit® Architecture software, for the past four years with great success. As a result, she created Green Literacy in Architecture Design (GLAD), which employs an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to teach students in grades 5–9 the basics of architecture and sustainability.

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