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Imagine a school that’s 30 stories high, maybe with skateboard ramps between each floor. Design your own extraordinary school—a sphere in space perhaps—and then make a model!
Curious kids sometimes wonder how school buildings have changed. Have students interview older family members or invite them to visit their class to describe their long-ago school building. If possible, visit a one-room schoolhouse or museum with a replica of one.
Take students on a walk around the exterior of the school. Notice the way it was designed. How many stories, windows in each room, wings, doors? Discuss schools in the past and present. Brainstorm possible improvements for future schools. Students create a Venn diagram that compares and contrasts schools of the past, present, and future.
Students read Sideways Stories From Wayside School. Have a class discussion about the reason for the title of the book, and the 30 characters described in the 30 chapters. Here are some suggestions for how to make a 30-story Wayside School. Students use these ideas to create their own model school building. Students are the architects!
Students build the structure. Flatten the tops of two clean, half-gallon cardboard drink cartons. Attach one on top of the other with masking tape.
Use Crayola® Scissors to cut large construction paper to fit around the containers. With a straight edge, use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils to draw evenly spaced lines for the 30 rows of windows. Use Crayola Gel Markers to draw the windows and doors.
Make students. To make the children, accordion-fold three pieces of white paper as if to make tiny paper dolls. Draw one set of paper dolls with an arm uplifted, another set with both arms down, and another with arms and legs outstretched. Cut figures out and then cut them apart.
Add features and color each student with Crayola Washable Markers, Fine Tip Markers, and Multicultural Markers. Most of the figures will be visible from the waist up and a few will be viewed from the back, so cut and decorate them accordingly. Use Crayola School Glue to attach the figures so they look like they’re in the windows.
Draw, color, and cut paper kites and balloons. Glue them to the children’s uplifted arms. Erase any extra marks from drawing the 30 stories. Glue the building exterior to the cartons. Air-dry.
Add a roof, clouds, and greenery. Cut and glue on a poster board roof. Add clouds by fluffing out cotton balls and securely gluing them to the roof.
Glue green construction paper to cardboard for a base. Air-dry the base.
Draw and color sidewalks leading to the front door. Create bushes and trees using markers on white paper. Include a tab on the bottom. Cut and glue in place. Air-dry the school.
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