Castle in the Sky

Castle in the Sky lesson plan

Research trends and factors affecting how and where people live, then design a fantasy future home.

  • 1.

    Have students find out what the world is expected to be like in the future in terms of the environment, technology, and population. Imagine what houses of tomorrow might look like. Students think about where they might want to live. Share the paintings of Maxfield Parrish with the class to ignite ideas for futuristic habitats.

  • 2.

    On watercolor paper, students use Crayola® Crayons to draw their ideas of homes for the future.

  • 3.

    Cover a table top with recycled newspaper. Use Crayola Washable Watercolors to paint areas of color. By applying paint over crayon, the background color changes without changing the crayon drawing. This technique is called crayon resist. Dry on a flat surface.


  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
  • LA: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to the situation.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
  • SCI: Construct drawings or diagrams as representations of events or systems.
  • SCI: Make and use a model to test a design.
  • SS: Compare ways in which people from different cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions.
  • SS: Describe how people create places that reflect ideas, personality, culture, and wants and needs as they design homes, playgrounds, classrooms, and the like.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places.


  • In small groups, students research housing structures throughout time, as well as looking at advances in technology that encouraged change to housing structures. Create an electronic presentation to share research with classmates.
  • In small groups, students take their 2-D housing structures and develop them into 3-D representations using recycled materials and Crayola Tempera Paints.