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Celebrate national leaders! Open the doors and windows of a government building to reveal memorable accomplishments of presidents and prime ministers.
During an unit of study on types of governments, pose questions to students such as: What is a government? What skills do national leaders need to run a successful government? What are some national symbols? How are your country's values and actions represented?
After researching their country's government and its leaders' actions, students choose several significant events in their country's history in which a leader played an important role. Write a list of leaders' names and their accomplishments with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Or choose just one leader and identify numerous accomplishments.
On large paper, students use colored pencils to outline a government building or another structure that symbolizes the country. Outline several windows and doors. Fill in details with Crayola Metallic FX Crayons.
How could each selected moment in history be portrayed in a visual way? For example Canada's Prime Minister (PM) Lester Pearson guided Canada through the process of designing a maple-leaf emblazoned flag. Prime Minister William Mackenzie King is called Canada's first citizen. These images are embedded in the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa, Canada's capital city.
With Crayola Scissors, students cut out three-sided windows and doors in your government edifice. Cut enough holes for each of the leaders honored, or for the number of accomplishments of the individual.
Ask students to put another sheet of paper under their drawings. Trace the cutouts on the second paper. Inside these spaces, students draw symbolic representations of their leader's important actions with colored pencils and crayons.
Place the second piece of paper under the first, matching the holes with the drawings. Attach with a Crayola Glue Stick.
Fold open each window or door. Write the name of the leader honored inside the flap. Include dates, too. If windows open from the top, make and glue tiny flaps to keep the windows from flopping down.
Students share their findings with small groups of classmates. Discuss the similarities and differences in choices of leaders and their accomplishments.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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