English Hillside Horse

English Hillside Horse lesson plan

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!

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.