Airplane View

Show off your knowledge of geography! Draw your state, its neighbors and indicate notable landforms as if you were viewing them from the window of an airplane.

  • 1.

    Provide each student with access to a map of the US or your local region.

  • 2.

    Give each student a piece of construction paper and Crayola® Classic Crayons.

  • 3.

    Ask the students to imagine that they are flying over their region. Ask them to draw their state and its neighboring states in different colors as if they are viewing the region from an airplane window.

  • 4.

    Instruct the students to include notable landforms on their maps.

  • 5.

    Ask the students to identify the location of their cities on the map, the capital of their states and the location of at least one city in each neighboring state.

  • 6.

    Instruct students to decorate the frames of the window with a self-selected design.

  • 7.

    Ask the students to quiz their families on areas defined in their regional maps. Can their parents identify the neighboring states?


  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • SS: Construct and use mental maps of locales, regions, and the world that demonstrate understanding of relative location, direction, size, and shape.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools such as atlases, data bases, grid systems, charts, graphs, and maps to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • SS: Locate and distinguish among varying landforms and geographic features, such as mountains, plateaus, islands, and oceans.
  • VA: Students will initiate making works of art and design by experimenting, imagining and identifying content.


  • This project could become more specific to the state you live in; students could develop a detailed topography of the region that includes a more in-depth landform study.
  • Use different media: Crayola® Classic Markers, Crayola® Colored Pencils, etc.
  • Challenge students to create a map to scale so that the states are accurately depicted.