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Monday, November 22, 2010

Fabulous Fourth Graders~ Byzantine Architecture

Our fabulous fourth graders have been traveling back to 330AD to the beginning of the Byzantine Empire! Architecture during that time period was unique because of arches and domes. Did you know there are 8 different types of arches? No, we're not talkin' about those "golden arches" :) Your fourth grader might remember the "ogee" arch. That one was popular just due to the name.

We spent a whole class period just practicing domes and arches. Then, we became Byzantine architects and designed and drew our own structure. Eventually color will be added with oil pastels and the backgrounds will be painted in watercolor. We can't wait to show you! Check back soon. In the meantime, enjoy these actual Byzantine architecture examples. I was impressed that a good many fourth graders either knew the name of these, where they were,or both!! Do you know???

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