Mountains and Beach


Discover the world of geography, logging new geographic terms and combining them into one colorful scene.


1. Keep a log of geographic terms related to a book that you or your class is reading (perhaps Misty of Chincoteague), such as inlet, mountain, and river.

2. Sketch a scene illustrating several of these terms using Crayola® Colored Pencils, Markers, Crayons, or Color Sticks on construction paper. Mix new colors by overlaying coats of crayon, marker, or colored pencil to make each feature unique.

3. Study a partner's drawings. Name the geographic features depicted.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.


  • Children use small self-stick notes to label geographical features for assessment purposes. Conference with children about their grasp of terms.
  • Students act as peer tutors with other groups of children, retelling stories and teaching them about geographic features.
  • Younger children and those with special needs can keep picture dictionaries of geographic terms. Fold and staple paper to make a small book. Write the term beside a small picture of the geographic feature.

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crayola supplies
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Construction Paper
  • Color Sticks™ Colored Pencils



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs
  • Grades 1 to 3


  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students maintain a log of geographic terms encountered in social studies materials and/or literature they are reading.

  • Children create a mixed-media illustration that demonstrates their knowledge about selected geographic terms and ability to mix colors.

  • Children identify the geographic features pictured by other students.


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