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Architecture is the triumph of Human Imagination over materials, methods, and men, to put man into possession of his own Earth. It is at least the geometric pattern of things, of life, of the human and social world. It is at best that magic framework of reality that we sometimes touch upon when we use the word `order.'
                                                              Frank Lloyd Wright, 1930, 1937

If you like a good book filled with wacky characters you will enjoy The Wright 3, the sequel to Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett. The book is illustrated by Brett Helquist who also illustrated A Series of Unfortunate Events.  The illustrations hold clues to solving the mystery.

On this website you will find all kinds of activities to do while we are reading The Wright 3.  Notice that the activities are numbered and you will be asked to do different activities on different days.

We will be reading the biography of Frank Lloyd Wright in class, but if you want to learn more about him you might enjoy these sites.

From Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids
by: Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen

Frank Lloyd Wright
Wright's Buildings and Homes
Frank Lloyd Wright's Drawings
Wright Timeline

Great Buildings Online
Digital Archive of American Architecture

Math Connection
In Chasing Vermeer Calder carries around a set of Pentominoes.  In The Wright 3 he has received a set of 3-D Pentominoes from Mrs. Sharp. Use the Internet to learn more about pentominoes.  You can also play Pentominoes online!!

Pentominos 1 LiveCube
Pentominos 2 Fun Pentomino Shapes
Pentominos 3 Pentomino Challenges
Chasing Vermeer Puzzles  

History Connection
 (2) Petra was named after a famous city. Visit Petra: City of Stone at the Natural History Museum in NYC. http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/petra/  Be ready to discuss what you have learned. You can find some related sources on the web to go along with the site. Click here. Glance over these activities and plan to do one at home to share with the class.

Visit the site of the archeologists that are uncovering Petra: The Great Temple

Architectural Connection
One of the main characters in The Wright 3 is the Robie House. Look at these websites to learn more about it.

The Robie House Preservation
Pictures of the Robie House
More Pictures
More Pictures

Museum Connection (4) As Ms. Hussey reads the newspaper article about the Robie House (page 16) the names of four museums are mentioned.  Why?  Take a look at the websites of these museums.  Find at least 5 interesting things in each museum.  You might do a search in each museum and see if they have anything done by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Museum of Modern Art, New York City
the Smithsonian Washington, D.C.
Deustches Museum Munich, Germany 
Meiji-mura Museum Nagoya, Japan

Art Connection (5) Ms. Hussey tells the students that the Robie House once had 174 art glass windows (page 20).  Frank Lloyd Wright's window designs are still admired and prized today.  Take a look at these sites to see the designs, then reproduce one of the designs using a paint program.

Maclin Studios
Light Screens
Windows of the Darwin D. Martin

Literature Connection (6) Powell's Bookstore put free books in a giveaway box outside the store. (page 36) Petra found a copy of H.G. Wells' Invisible Man in the box with the words "an un-heard of piece of luck" underlined in the text.  She decided to keep and read the book.  You can read the book Invisible Man online at http://www.bartleby.com/1003/

illustration by Grahame Baker

Math Connection (7) Calder, who thinks in numbers is beginning to see patterns all around him.   mom explains to Fibonacci and his numbers to him.  (page 119) We will be working with Fibonacci numbers in class but if you want to learn more about Fibonacci numbers take a look at these sites.

Who is Leonard Fibonacci?

Easy Fibonacci Puzzles
The Mathematical Magic of Fibonacci
Fibonacci Numbers and Nature

Architectural Connection (8)

Be An Architect
Virtual Architecture
Architect Studio 3D

Big Question
(11) Is a building or a house art?

A Real life Mystery

A Treasure's Trove

Some students are reading Michael Stadther's book, A Treasure's Trove. Readers decipher clues with in the words and illustrations in the book.  These clues lead to jeweled brooches "In order to claim a jewel, one must find one of the twelve 18K gold tokens, each one redeemable for one jewel, that Stadther has hidden in twelve separate locations throughout the continental USA.  "The tokens are not located in caves or underwater, or on mountaintops, or on private property. Nothing has to be moved or lifted to find them. They are hidden in places accessible to everyone," Stadther says."

 Secret of Alchemist Dar the follow up to Treasure Trove,  is in bookstores now.  We also have several copies in the Center for checkout.

Below find related links to this mystery!

Treasure's Trove Homepage






If you liked The Wright 3, you will also like...

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E.Frankenweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Unseen by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Lady Grade Mysteries by Lady Grace Cavendish
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King

Chasing Vermeer Homepage

You can also further explore mysteries as you take a look at science mysteries, art mysteries, and history mysteries.

Comprehensive list to use in your project
 Unsolved Mysteries

History Mysteries
Amelia Earhart 
Easter Island
Easter Island
King Tut's Curse
Mystery of the Black Death
Roanoke: The Lost Colony
Mysteries of Çatalhöyük
The Shroud of Turin
Japanese Pyramids
Mysteries of the Nile

Salem Witch Trials (see list above)
Roswell/Area 51 (see list above)

Science Mysteries
Online Science Mysteries
Crop Circles
Mysteries of Deep Space
Loch Ness Monster
The Lost City of Atlantis
Tour the Bermuda Triangle
Monsters of Mystery
Medical Mysteries

TUNGUSKA: The Cosmic Mystery of the Century
SETI Institute
Marfa Lights
Creature Feature
Bermuda Triangle (see list above)
Egyptian Pyramids (see list above)
Black Holes (see list above)
Jersey Devil (see list above)

Mysteries on the Web
Kid's Mysteries
Two Minute Mysteries
Unexplained Mysteries
Fin, Fur and Feather Bureau of Investigation
Museum of Unnatural Mystery

Sherlock Holmes http://www.sherlockian.net/
Read Sherlock Holmes http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/d/doyle/arthur_conan/
Agatha Christie http://www.agathachristie.com/
Nancy Drew http://nancy-drew.mysterynet.com/
Hardy Boys http://www.bayportgazette.com/

FBI for Kids
Who Dunnit?

Crime Lab

Famous Fakes

What is Art?

(12) One of the things Ms. Hussey wanted her students to think about it "what is art"?  Today you are going to take a look at the work of different artists and determine whether you think what they do is "art". Before you start looking at the art read this article What is Art? and open this Word document.


Art Cars
Harrod Blank Art Cars
Art Cars in Cyberspace

If you would like to design an art car using Microsoft Paint open this image. Right click on the image and click COPY.  Find Microsoft Paint under PROGRAMS and choose ACCESSORIES and choose MICROSOFT PAINT. Choose EDIT and PASTE the car into Paint.  Once the car is open in Paint use the program to rotate the car.  After you finish your designing you will need to save the image as a GIF or a JPEG, do not save it as a Paint image.  After the image is saved open a Word document and INSERT you picture.  Send to the color printer.

Anamorphic Art
The Art of Anamorphosis
Anamorphic Art

The Ambassadors by Holbein is one of the most famous examples of Anamorphosis. To learn more about the scientific instruments in this painting go here.

Complete the online lesson (do not use this link) about The Ambassadors. You will need to open this Word document.  To do this right click on this link; save the document on your "H" drive.  When you are prompted to open--click on that. Fill in as many answers as you can.

The Well by István Orosz
Mysterious Island

The Anamorphic Art of Kelly Houle

Ambiguous Art
Amazing Art

Hidden Images
Amazing Art

How to See in 3D (without the glasses!)
Hidden Nature Paintings

Impossible Images
Amazing Art

Optical Illusions

Click here to see a PowerPoint of Ambiguous Art, Hidden Art, Impossible Art , Mysterious Art, trompe l'oeil, Anamorphic Art  (permission for use pending)

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