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Castle in the Sun

Create a castle with recycled boxes, Crayola® Washable Sidewalk Paint, and a good imagination. Write a play script for the stage set, too!

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Share with the class pictures of castles in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and other parts of the world. Read stories, including fairy tales, about what happened in castles. Locate castles on maps. Ask students how were they built? And with what materials?
    2. Ask students what their dream castle look like? Break students into small groups and have them sketch a castle with Crayola Colored Pencils and construction paper.
    3. Cut doors and windows in large recycled boxes with Crayola Scissors. Younger students may need adult assistance.
    4. Cover the work area with recycled newspaper. Attach small boxes for turrets or other architectural elements with Crayola School Glue. Cut roll paper to cover the castle or paint the boxes with Crayola Tempera. Air dry.
    5. Decorate the castle with Crayola Sidewalk Paint. Mix colors if you like to create bricks, stones, or wooden beams. Air dry.
    6. Write a script about events that happen in the castle. Who are the main characters? What is the plot? How is it resolved? If possible, create a part for each person in your group.
    7. On a sunny day, take the castle outside to a safe asphalt or concrete area. Use Crayola Washable Sidewalk Paint to paint an imaginary castle sidewalk, garden, or other details. Crayola Washable Sidewalk Paint will wash off with a garden hose or rain, but test a small area to make sure the paint does not stain the surface. Do not use the paint on surfaces less than 6 months old.
    8. After the paint is dry, use the model as the set for the group's play. Practice it several times. Perform the play for classmates or younger students. Wash off the sidewalk paint with a garden hose or rain within 2 weeks.
  • Standards

    LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for answers.

    SS: Compare ways in which people from different cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions.

    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: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Prior to creating the shell of their castle, students design a floor plan for the interior of the castle. Students prepare a presentation of their floor plan, using appropriate vocabulary from the era of castles to explain their choices.

    In small groups, students create several castles and design roads to connect them, thus creating an historic village.

    As a class, students compose an original play about their newly developed village. Students act out their play with an adult videotaping the performance. The video can be uploaded to a classroom computer for future viewing.


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