Roundabout the Arc de Triomphe

Roundabout the Arc de Triomphe lesson plan

Napoleon started this monument, which became Paris’s great triumphal arch. Construct a replica of the Arch de Triomphe, where 12 avenues meet in a roundabout.

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    Research the background, construction, and meaning of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France. With a partner, construct a replica that is either a front view or shows all four pillars. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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    Build your Arc de Triomphe. Use recycled boxes and cardboard to make pillars and arches. Cut pieces to fit with Crayola® Scissors. With Crayola School Glue, construct your structure. Air-dry the glue.

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    Paint the structure. Cover your art area with newspaper. Paint the boxes using Crayola Premier Tempera and brushes. Depending on the light, this magnificent stone monument can look silver, gold, or white.

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    Embellish it. With white Crayola Model Magic, use your imagination to create the friezes, bas-relief, and high-relief sculptures that adorn the facade (outside walls) of the arch. Knead in color from Crayola Washable Gel Markers to match the paint. Glue the sculptures in place.

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    Create the roundabout. Using Crayola Metallic FX Crayons, color paper to resemble the huge vehicular roundabout (12 grand avenues feed into it) that encircles the arch. Glue it to cardboard and then glue the arch in the middle of the roundabout. Air-dry the glue.

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    Add the Flame of Remembrance. Draw the slab of marble that contains the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Add a bit of Gel Marker color to a bit of Model Magic to resemble France’s Flame of Remembrance. Glue the flame to the center of the slab. Air-dry your magnificent monument.


  • LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • LA: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • SS: Identify and use various sources for reconstructing the past, such as documents, letters, diaries, maps, textbooks, photos, and others.
  • VA: Select media, techniques, an processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of choices.
  • 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 resource includes: Building World Landmarks - Arc d' Triomphe by Margaret Speaker Yuan
  • Students research other countries' approach to honoring their war heroes and unknown soldiers. Students create replicas of any monuments and sculptures using Crayola Model Magic.
  • Students sketch a map that includes the view of Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Students label all 12 avenues that radiate from the monument.
  • Students investigate other famous landmarks in Paris such as the Eiffel Tower and the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Students create 3-D replicate using Model Magic.
  • Students compare and contrast the Tomb of Unknown Soldiers in France and the United States. Organize research into an electronic format for presentation to classmates.