a model of
Fort St. Jean Baptiste des
1716 – 1803
Oak Park Middle School
"I created this assignment
for my students after seeing Bill Denney present a similar lesson
on the Land Ordinance of 1785 during a Middle School Institute. I liked
the idea so much that I went home and grabbed my grandson's Legos and began
creating a hurricane lesson idea. I followed that with a lesson building
a model of Fort St. Jean Baptiste to go along with my story of St. Denis."
First: You will need to garage
sale shop for old Legos. Buying them in the store is
out of a teacher's price range plus you can not get enough of the right
pieces. I also searched ebay for mine.
You will need for each group:
following will all be in one color)
One 12x12 green Lego base
One odd colored 1x3 Lego used to indicate
Four 2x3 Legos
Three 2x2 Legos
One 2x4 Lego
Two 2x6 Legos
Two 1x1 Legos
Nine 1x2 Legos
Twenty-two 1x4 Legos
Place all Legos, one Lego base, and
page one of directions in a gallon size zip lock bag.
After teaching about the construction of the fort and its purposes have
the students recreate the fort using only the Legos and the instruction
Third: Pass out the bags and let
the students work.
Fourth: Once they have completed
their model, have them look up an artist drawing of the fort or you may
provide one for them. There are several excellent ones in current or previous
Fifth: Using the rubric document,
interview each group and have each member explain at least two parts of
their model. Students get one point for each part of the model they describe
and explain. The group gets one point for each part correctly modeled.
See rubric for guides I use. Create your own to make it fit your own style
or grading patterns.