Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

Book Info

Grade Level
Elementary School
STEM Concepts
Engineering, Architecture, Design

Iggy has one passion: building. His parents are proud of his fabulous creations, though they’re sometimes surprised by his materials—who could forget the tower he built of dirty diapers? When his second-grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building too much to give it up! With Andrea Beaty’s irresistible rhyming text and David Roberts’s puckish illustrations, this book will charm creative kids everywhere, and amuse their sometimes bewildered parents.

Source: Andrea Beaty


Building Bridges with the Society of Women Engineers

For our unit on Iggy Peck, Architect, we talk to two members of Northern Illinois University’s branch of the Society of Women Engineers to talk about mechanical engineering, and how to become an engineer yourself!

The Joys of Mechanical Engineering

Alanna Wilcox is a high school student, and already doing cool stuff using STEM! She is currently a senior, and is an industrial engineering intern at Custom Aluminum Products in Genoa, IL.

Engineering & Discovery with Author Andrea Beaty

Join Andrea Beaty as she talks about, and reads passages from, her inventive book Rosie Revere, Engineer and demonstrates how science and art are related.


Read! Question! Think!

Check out these fun printables from Andrea Beaty’s website.


Idea Sparks and Mini Lessons

These questions, prompts, and short activities provide quick ways to inspire interest and explore the STEAM concepts related to the book. Idea Sparks and Mini Lessons can also be used for differentiation and to foster new ideas of your own.

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Building Bridges K-2

In the book Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty, Iggy must build a bridge to save his teacher and classmates from an abandoned island. In this engineering challenge, students sue the Engineering Design Cycle to build their own bridges and then write a reflection paper.

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Building Bridges 3-5

In the book Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty, Iggy must build a bridge to save his teacher and classmates from an abandoned island. In this engineering challenge, students use the Engineering Design Cycle to build their own bridges and then write a reflection paper.

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Construct a City

Iggy Peck loved to design buildings. He designed everything from towers to chapels to skyscrapers. If all of his designs were gathered together, it could create a city. In this lesson, students will learn about what features a building needs and what buildings are in their community. They will then design and build a building of their choice in order to collaboratively create a city.

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Teacher’s Guide

See more great activity ideas for Iggy Peck, Architect on andreabeaty.com.

Video Discussion Guide

Watch the videos and then use these questions to facilitate classroom discussions about the topics presented.

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About the Author

Andrea Beaty

Andrea Beaty grew up in a small town in southern Illinois. She spent her time drinking Orange Crush, reading Nancy Drew, and secretly dreaming of becoming a Broadway star. Instead of belting out show tunes for a living, Andrea decided to go to college.

She attended Southern Illinois University and majored in Biology and Computer Science. After working at a computer software company and as a technical writer, Andrea began writing for children. Other titles by Andrea include Rosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist.

Learn more at andreabeaty.com.