Geometric City

Geometric City lesson plan

Design a famous city or invent a skyline filled with geometric shapes. Add Crayola® Model Magic to create a bas-relief cityscape.

  • 1.

    Brainstorm names of plane and solid geometric figures. Categorize, define, and describe these figures. Study the skylines of large cities to note architectural use of these shapes.

  • 2.

    Use Crayola Scissors to cut construction paper to fit a sheet of cardboard. Glue construction paper to cardboard with a Crayola Glue Stick.

  • 3.

    Use Crayola Washable Markers on the construction paper to draw a variety of plane figures to look like a city skyline. You might choose your state or province capital city, a famous city anywhere in the world, or invent a cityscape.

  • 4.

    Build 3-D geometric architectural structures onto the city skyline using cardboard pieces and Crayola Model Magic. Fold cardboard and glue to the backdrop. Press Model Magic over folded cardboard to build 3-D structures. Embed materials such as squares of clear acetate cut with Crayola Scissors for windows.

  • 5.

    Identify each bas-relief building with paper name plates.

  • 6.

    Display architectural structures in a Geometric City gallery. Identify geometric figures incorporated in your classmates' designs.


  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • 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 their own clearly.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • MATH: Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category.
  • SS: Describe how people create places that reflect ideas, personality, culture, and wants and needs as they design homes, playgrounds, classrooms, and the like.
  • SS: Examine the interaction of human beings and their physical environment, the use of land, building of cities, and ecosystem changes in selected locales and regions.
  • 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.


  • Possible classroom resources include: Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty; 13 Buildings Children Should Know by Annette Roeder;
  • Working in small groups, students investigate several types of architecture and select a single type to investigate in-depth. Students prepare an electronic presentation of their research to share with classmates.
  • Student groups design a downtown "Main Street" which incorporates all the major architectural styles investigated in the class. Students create a 3-D model of their downtown for review by other students in the class. Prior to beginning this project, the class sets standards for the downtown "Main Street" and creates a rubric for groups to follow.