It’s National Skyscraper day – Look! Up in the sky!

It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane…

I remember watching re-runs of the classic Superman Television show as a child. Even as special effects became more and more advanced, I didn’t mind the archaic graphics of my hero. After all, he was:

Faster than a speeding bullet ~ More powerful than a locomotive ~ Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

This line from the television series: The Adventures of Superman (aired September 1952 through April 1958) has Superman, jumping over a then, modern-day skyscraper. Superman was pretty cool.

Clipart image of superman and a skyscraper with the text: Able to leap tall buildings.
Superman clip art by MelonHeadzClipArt

Look up in the sky… It’s a SKYSCRAPER!

More than just a tall building

Today we celebrate the skyscraper. A Skyscraper is more than just a tall building or a large structure. In fact, a skyscraper must have more than 40 floors to be designated as such. The first skyscraper was much smaller, however. It was the 10 – story Home Insurance Company Building designed by William Le Baron Jenney. It was built in Chicago in 1885. Jenney trained Louis H. Sullivan, who became known as “the father of skyscrapers.

September 3, skyscraper day, is Sullivan’s birthday and why we celebrate National Skyscraper day!

Black and White photograph of the first skyscraper. The 10 story Home Insurance Company Building in Chicago.
Black and White photograph of the first skyscraper! – The 10 story Home Insurance Company Building in Chicago.
Chicago Architectural Photographing Company / Public domain

Brief history of skyscrapers

At first, any building that was taller than its surrounding buildings was called a skyscraper (Because as their name suggests, they seem to “scrape the sky”). As architecture improved, so did our ability to build upward, and the standard for being classified as a “skyscraper” was set at 40 floors. Back in The 1950s when television Superman was leaping “over tall buildings in a single bound”, the tallest buildings were in New York City. The Chrysler Building (54 stories) and soon after the Empire State Building (102 stories).

Manhattan skyline with World Trade center towers at dusk, New York City.

New York has had a reputation for the tallest skyscrapers for many years. After the Empire State Building, the tallest skyscrapers in the world were the twin towers. They were completed in 1973 and stood 110 stories tall before the events of September 11, 2001. Currently, Jeddah Tower, or Kingdom Tower, is under construction in Saudi Arabia. When it is finished it will be the tallest in the world at 200 floors! Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emeritus is currently the tallest in the world, taking the place of the Twin Towers in 2010.

How to celebrate National Skyscraper Day

You can celebrate today by building your own Skyscrapers. Use whatever material you have on hand… Blocks, plastic cups, Index cards, marshmallows and spaghetti, craft sticks, even a tower of cookies! See who can get their skyscraper the tallest using the same quantity of materials.

You can also use part of the Homeschool Holiday Dollar Deal Curriculum. We have A unique activity called: Skyscraper Day – Name City! Learners use the letters in their name to graph their own one-of-a-kind cityscape! Directions and printables are ready to go! To purchase simply click on the image below to visit the HomeschoolHoliday store in the Amped Up Learning Marketplace!

Each learner creates a unique skyscraper using their name. First and middle, or first and last! Use a nick-name for added fun.

If you would like to build a “Skyscraper” of cookies, why not try our Oreo Stacking Challenge. In this activity, learners can work as teams or independently to see how high they can stack cookies! There is even a printable award for the winner! Tie in your math by calculating the mean, median, and mode using data gathered by the participants. Math never tasted so good. Simply click the image below to visit the Homeschool Holiday Shop.

Cover image for Oreo Cookie Stacking Challenge. Shows mini posters for Mean, Median and Mode as well as data collection worksheet.
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With Love,

“Mrs. Crabtree”


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