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Emerald City

Travel the Yellow Brick Road to the Land of Oz! Create a dazzling Emerald City with recycled produce trays and Crayola® Glitter Glue.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Have students read the Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. In small groups, students review chapters 10 and 11. Using Crayola Colored Pencils, students make a list of words and phrases that describe the Emerald City using both Baum's adjectives and some of their own.
    2. Students decide what buildings and characters will be shown in their 3-D city. Choose a scale for the city. Students sketch a plan for their city according to this scale.
    3. Using Crayola Markers, transfer your street plan onto a large sheet of cardboard. Decorate the cardboard with markers to make it look like the pavement described in the book.
    4. To make buildings in the Emerald City, students use Crayola Scissors to cut green recycled foam produce trays. Make several different shapes and sizes---all to scale. Use Crayola School Glue to glue the sides and tops of the buildings together. Dry.
    5. With Crayola Glitter Glue, gift-wrap scraps, and tissue paper, decorate your buildings. Dry overnight.
    6. Glue the buildings to the cardboard. Dry.
    7. Using Crayola Crayons, Markers, and Colored Pencils, draw people and objects on white posterboard. Create tabs at the bottom of the figures so they can stand up. Glue pieces to the cardboard. Dry.
  • Standards

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

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of aspects of a topic.

    LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

  • Adaptations

    In small groups, students brainstorm adjectives that describe the Emerald City. Make a list of these adjectives on chart paper and post the list in the classroom.

    Students may work in small groups to construct their 3-D Emerald City models. Organize a time when these students can share the story, The Wizard of Oz, to younger children. Students use their original model to help younger students comprehend the story.

    Students take on the role of one of the main characters in the story, the lion, Dorothy, scarecrow, or Tin Man. Write a letter to a friend describing your feelings and observations as you approach the Emerald City.

    Use Google Earth to study the town or city in which you live. Using recycled materials, create a replica of your town or city. Label important landmarks in the area.


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