Stories of Stonehenge

Why

Historic landmarks, astronomy, math, and British geography are integrated in this intriguing exploration on the mysteries of Stonehenge.


Steps

1. Research the English marvel of Stonehenge. Learn about its location, likely origins, and possible purposes. Study photographs and pictures of the area to better understand the size and structure of this amazing site.


2. On watercolor paper, sketch a scene of Stonehenge using Crayola® Colored Pencils.


3. Using Crayola Crayons, color in the rocks of Stonehenge and grass around the stones. Press heavily with your crayons.


4. Cover your work area with recycled newspaper. Lightly cover your drawing with Crayola Watercolor Paints using Watercolor Brushes. The crayon will resist the paint, so the grass and stones pop out from the sky and soil. Dry.


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.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Adaptations

  • Write a paper detailing the various explanations of how and why Stonehenge exists. What is your theory about its construction? About its use?
  • Create other English landmarks, such as Big Ben. Display your structures in your classroom or school library.
  • Use cardboard boxes to create a life-size Stonehenge scene. Calculate the weight of some of the larger stones. Research information about the possible sources of the stones and how they came to be in Stonehenge.

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Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Washable Watercolors
  • Watercolor Brushes with Plastic Handle
  • Giant Marker and Watercolor Pad
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • paper towels
  • container(s) of water

Overview

grades

  • Grades 4 to 6

subjects

  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • 30 to 60 minutes

benefits

  • Students understand that Stonehenge, in England, is one of the oldest (4,000+ years) and best-known astronomical calendar sites in the world.

  • Students recognize that the purposes of Stonehenge and how it was constructed are unexplained mysteries.

  • Students recreate their own crayon-resist landscape drawing of Stonehenge.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards