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No. 10 Downing Street

Create a replica of the home of England's Prime Minister at #10 Downing Street. Leaders who have lived at this address are pivotal in world history!

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Invite student groups to research and discuss the importance of #10 Downing Street to Great Britain and the world. Find out the type of government England has and who its leaders are. Organize both text and electronic resources for students to view on this topic.
    2. Once research is complete, student groups will organize their findings into a presentation for classmates. To accompany each presentation, students will create an authentic replica of this famous London structure. Begin by asking students to cover their work areas with recycled newspaper.
    3. Students paint construction paper and cotton swabs black using Crayola® Tempera Paint. Dry.
    4. Brick exterior. Remove the paper wrapper from a brick color of Crayola Crayons. Make a crayon rubbing by placing light-colored construction paper on a textured surface. Rub the unwrapped crayon on its side and the point to create a brick effect. Draw in brick edges and mortar lines. Use Crayola School Glue to attach the brick surface to the inside lid of a box.
    5. Door and steps. On the back of the painted paper, draw a door with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. Cut it out with Crayola Scissors. Glue the door to the middle of the brick wall. Cut a piece of black recycled produce tray to create a step and glue it under the door.
    6. Fence. Place Crayola Model Magic on either side of the step and push the painted cotton swabs in it to create posts for a fence railing. Add a cross piece of black chenille stick. Attach two black chenille sticks, one from each post to the top of the door. Glue railings in place. Draw a small construction paper lantern, color it, cut it out, and glue it on.
    7. Bobbies. Sketch two British Bobbies on construction paper with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. Fill them in with Crayola Fine Tip and Multicultural Markers. Cut them out and glue them to the front of the fence.
    8. When complete, use displays of #10 Downing Street as visuals for student presentations.
  • Standards

    LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

    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: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

    SS: Explain the purpose of government.

    SS: Give examples of how government does or does not provide for the needs and wants of people, establish order and security, and manage conflict.

    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

    Students research the type of government in Great Britain. Compare and contrast the United States government to that of Great Britain.

    Encourage students to investigate other forms of government in the world today. Organize research into an electronic format for presentation to classmates.

    Create a map of the London neighborhood where #10 Downing Street is located. Create replicas of the neighborhood and other structures.

    Investigate the National Mall located in Washington, D.C. Identify the monuments found in the Mall. Select one of the monuments and research its history. Organize research into an electronic format for presentation to classmates.

    Create a 3-D map of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Use Crayola Model Magic to make the monuments. Be prepared to discuss with classmates the organization of the Mall. Investigate, as well, any future plans for the Mall.


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