Golden Landmarks

Golden Landmarks lesson plan

Towers, domes, pinnacles---Golden Landmarks are found around the world. Drawings of these architectural marvels gleam and shimmer!

  • 1.

    Almost every culture and tradition marks its most important places by constructing beautiful architecture on those sites. Those buildings, which are created to inspire the people who view and use them, are often very large and ornate. Many have golden surfaces that reflect the sun so they sparkle and glow.

  • 2.

    Students locate, research, and compare important golden-surfaced structures from various cultures, such as the Golden Temple or Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, Punjab, India; the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand; the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, Israel; the Shrine of Shah-e' Cheragh, Shiraz, Iran; and the Cathedral of St. Sophia, Novgorod, Russia. Observe similarities and differences in these impressive architectural landmarks.

  • 3.

    Students choose elements of structures that they find the most beautiful, such as towers, pinnacles, doors, or windows. Or select one impressive structure to represent.

  • 4.

    Use Crayola® Metallic FX Crayons to draw your real or imaginary Golden Landmark. Blue paper works well for the sky behind your building. Fill the paper with intricate architectural details and include the building's setting, such as a lake or trees.

  • 5.

    Use Crayola Glitter Glue to highlight the gold sparkling in the sun. Dry.

  • 6.

    With the Crayola metallic colored pencils, write a description of what the building commemorates. Display it with the drawing.


  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • 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: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • 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: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.
  • VA: Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts.


  • Possible classroom resources include: 13 Buildings Children Should Know by Annette Roeder; The World's Must-See Places: A Look Inside More Than 100 Magnificent Buildings and Monuments by DK Publishing
  • During investigations of each golden landmark structure, students identify architectural features and discuss their roots. Additionally, students investigate the past, present, and future use of the landmarks researched.
  • Students sculpt a 3-D model of golden landmarks using Crayola Model Magic. Paint with gold Crayola Premier Tempera Paint and add highlights using Crayola Glitter Glue. Consider adding jewels and sequins to complete the glitter effect.
  • As a class, use research to create a timeline showing construction dates, locations, and other important features of the world's Golden Landmarks.