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India’s Taj Mahal is a work of architectural genius. It is also a monument to the love of a wealthy emperor for his queen. Construct a replica of this magnificent marble structure.
After the loss of his wife, Empress Mumtaz Mahal, the wealthy emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in her memory. Invite small groups of student to discover more about this magnificent building that reflects the influences of several cultures and attracts millions of visitors. Provide various resources and teacher recommended Internet web sites for students to use for their research.
Students organize their research in order to present it to classmates. Once all presentations are complete, ask groups to select several recycled boxes and a cardboard gift wrap tube. Students cut the gift wrap tube into four sections (for minarets) with Crayola® Scissors. Groups determine how to assemble the boxes to resemble the Taj Mahal.
After covering their work area with recycled newspaper, students paint a light shade of Crayola Tempera Paint on the exterior of their boxes and tubes. Cut posterboard to fit in front, painting the gardens and reflecting pool. Allow paint to air-dry.
Groups brainstorm how to attach boxes to re-create the Taj Mahal, as well as the gardens to each other with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the glue.
On white paper, students use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils andMetallic Colored Pencils to draw the decorative windows, arches, and filigree details from the Taj. Cut them out and glue them to the facade.
On posterboard, students draw the center dome, smaller domes, and the top of the minarets. Cut them out and glue them in place.
In preparation for displaying their replicas, student groups determine the three most fascinating facts about the history of the Taj Mahal. Post these selected facts with the artwork.
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