If You Lived Here: Houses of the World
Picture Book Month
Day 5 theme: Around the World
Fifteen different architectural home structures from around the world are beautifully featured. The homes range from those carved into the sides of mountain caves to houses on stilts. A brief explanation is given describing the type of home, who would have lived in it and when, materials used, which country, and some fascinating facts. A vague map is included on the last page with pin points indicating the regions where the homes are located. A more detailed map would have been a more helpful choice.
If You LIved Here was one of those books I purchased to help round out my non-fiction curriculum support collection plus kids really like to find out how different people live around the world. The first image of a "dogtrot" house brought up a memory I had of watching the Disney movie "Old Yeller" which if you have not seen, you will now need to add to your must see list. The family lived in a "dogtrot" house. I always thought their house was really cool because I had never seen one like it before. Now I am glad to better understand why early settlers built dogtrot homes.
Compare and Contrast Activity
Students choose a dwelling from the book and draw a representation of their own home.
Students describe the differences between the two dwellings and observe how they are the similar.
Students design a home to suit a particular environment such as a rain forest and explain which materials could be used to build it and why they chose their particular design.
Take a peek at some of the pages of If You Lived Here
Visit author website: Giles Laroche