Step One: Introduce Activity
Show students several examples of Ancient Roman cities and buildings, both as reconstructed models and current ruins. Students will note characteristics of Roman buildings, and identify the 3-D shapes they see (rectangular prisms, cubes, cylinders).
Students will generate ideas for their own cities and decide which buildings or areas they would like to include (such as government buildings, temples, arenas, open marketplaces, homes, etc.).
Distribute large sheets of paper and ask students to draw basic blueprints for their cities, using rulers and compasses to create the shapes of the floors of their buildings. Students will need to label each building, and measure the dimensions of the floor of each building or designated area (such as an open marketplace).
Modification: For students who need extra guidance, you may want to hand out pre-drawn blueprints and ask students to measure the dimensions of the buildings as they are drawn on the paper.