Carmen’s Skyscraper Caper Teacher Guide

Travel with Carmen to the world’s tallest structures! Kids will learn about the innovations behind these architectural wonders. Download to begin!


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Skyscrapers serve as symbolic landmarks in many large cities around the world. Some skyscrapers are historical landmarks, such as the Flatiron Building in New York City and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Other skyscrapers, such as the Shanghai World Financial Center and the Willis Tower, are newer mixed-use buildings that include offices, hotels, observation decks, and shopping malls. Each of these skyscrapers is unique and significant in its own way.


In this lesson, students will learn to:

  • explain what a skyscraper is and give examples of skyscrapers as iconic landmarks
  • describe how skyscrapers preserve and symbolize a city’s history
  • evaluate the aesthetic qualities and cultural significance of select global landmarks - write explanatory text to convey information clearly and accurately