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English Hillside Horse

The chalk hills of England create unusual landscapes. Visit Wiltshire, where a giant horse is carved into the hill. Science, history, and geography come alive!

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Students research the area around Wiltshire, England, where, on a low hill, ancient people carved the figure of a giant horse through the topsoil to reveal the chalk below. Look at photographs of the hill and surrounding countryside.
    2. Cover the work area with recycled newspaper. With Crayola® Washable Tempera Paint and paintbrushes, create a landscape background and foreground of sky and hills. Dry.
    3. With white Crayola Chalkboard Chalk, draw a figure of a horse or other animal on the side of the hill. Add trees, bushes, a house, barn, fence, or other features with Crayola Fine Tip Markers to complete your landscape.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grade level complexity band independently and proficiently.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing one's own clearly.

    SS: Locate and distinguish among varying landforms and geographic features, such as mountains, plateaus, islands, and oceans.

    SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

    VA: Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts.

  • Adaptations

    Students sketch a map of the Wiltshire area of Great Britain, identifying the locations of the horses carved into hills. Name each horse.

    Research other intriguing landmarks found throughout the world whose origins are not known. Students identify the location of these landmarks on a student-drawn world map. Each landmark is to be labeled and students will write a 2-3 sentence explanation of the landmark to assist readers with clarity.

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