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Buildings in Town

Create a cityscape with dynamic colors popping against a dark background.

  • Kindergarten
    Pre-Kindergarten
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Invite your students to observe an image of a cityscape. Ask students what kinds of buildings are in cities.
    2. Look for geometric shapes in the cityscape image. Ask the students to point out squares, rectangles, and triangles they see and to compare how tall or short the different shapes are. Challenge students to describe the arrangement of buildings using positional words like "next to" and "beside".
    3. Demonstrate how to print lines by dipping the edge of a 1" x 2" (2.54 cm x 5.08 cm) cardboard rectangle piece into white Crayola Washable Kids' Paint and then pressing it onto black construction paper. Show how to connect the printed lines to make different shapes and different heights and lengths.
    4. Provide students with 9" x 12" (22.86 cm x 30.48 cm) black construction paper. Orient the paper horizontally if they want to make a long row of buildings. Orient the paper vertically if they want to focus on making taller buildings. Set up white Crayola Washable Kids Paint in shallow plastic trays or sturdy paper plates. Remind students to roll back their sleeves before printing. Practice doing the stamping motion with the cardboard in hand before they actually use the paint. Remind them not to slide the cardboard like a paintbrush, but to press and lift it instead.
    5. After the prints dry color in the buildings with Crayola Construction Paper Crayons. Point out that students shouldn't color over their printed white lines. The color should go inside the shapes.
    6. Place the completed artwork along a wall and take a gallery walk. Allow the students to compare their work with the others. Who made the tallest buildings? Who made the shortest buildings? Which buildings look similar? Which buildings remind them of ones they've seen in town?
  • Standards

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    MATH: Identify and describe shapes.

    MATH: Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.

    MATH: Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.

    MATH: Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.

    MATH: Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/"corners") and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).

    MATH: Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.

    MATH: Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. For example, "Can you join these two triangles with full sides touching to make a rectangle?"

    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: Describe how people create places that reflect ideas, personality, culture, and wants and needs as they design homes, playgrounds, classrooms, and the like.

    VA: Explore the world using descriptive and expressive words and art-making.

    VA: Recognize art in one’s environment.

  • Adaptations

    Cut small rectangles of colored paper to collage onto buildings to add details such as ornamentation, windows, or doors.

    Create a cityscape mural by having students each print and color one building on a smaller paper and then combine all the buildings onto a large bulletin board paper or 3 foot tall roll of craft paper. Cut and glue images from magazines to add in other things, like people and cars, that might be in the city. Use Crayola Washable glue sticks to neatly attach the images. Examine Romare Bearden's "The Block" and compare it to the class' own cityscape.

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