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Geometric City

Design a famous city or invent a skyline filled with geometric shapes. Add Crayola® Model Magic to create a bas-relief cityscape.

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

    1. Brainstorm names of plane and solid geometric figures with the class. Categorize, define, and describe these figures. Students study the skylines of large cities to note architectural use of these shapes.
    2. Use Crayola Scissors to cut construction paper to fit a sheet of cardboard. Glue construction paper to cardboard with a Crayola Glue Stick.
    3. Use Crayola Washable Markers on the construction paper to draw a variety of plane figures to look like a city skyline. Students can choose their state or province capital city, a famous city anywhere in the world, or invent a cityscape.
    4. Build 3-D geometric architectural structures onto the city skyline using cardboard pieces and Crayola Model Magic. Fold cardboard and glue to the backdrop. Press Model Magic over folded cardboard to build 3-D structures. Embed materials such as squares of clear acetate cut with Crayola Scissors for windows.
    5. Identify each bas-relief building with paper name plates.
    6. Display architectural structures in a Geometric City gallery. Students identify the geometric figures incorporated in their classmates' designs.
  • Standards

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

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

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

    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.

    MATH: Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category.

    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: Examine the interaction of human beings and their physical environment, the use of land, building of cities, and ecosystem changes in selected locales and regions.

    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

    Possible classroom resources include: Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty; 13 Buildings Children Should Know by Annette Roeder;

    Working in small groups, students investigate several types of architecture and select a single type to investigate in-depth. Students prepare an electronic presentation of their research to share with classmates.

    Student groups design a downtown "Main Street" which incorporates all the major architectural styles investigated in the class. Students create a 3-D model of their downtown for review by other students in the class. Prior to beginning this project, the class sets standards for the downtown "Main Street" and creates a rubric for groups to follow.


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