Teachers Lesson Plans

Build a Neighbourhood: Grade K-3


  • Paper and pencils for sketches
  • 11" x 17" paper
  • White tablecloths or sheets (cut into 11" x 17" pieces, one for each student)
  • Scissors
  • Red, black, blue, yellow and green felt (or other colours)
  • Decorative cloth in a variety of colours, motifs and textures
  • Crayons, coloured pencils, pastels or felt pens
  • Punch
  • Laces, string or leather cord
  • 8 cm x 12 cm paper (for labels)

Preparation Tasks

  • Pre-cut the 11? x 17? pieces of white cloth (these are suggested dimensions only). You can purchase the sheets or tablecloths at a second-hand store, as well as the decorative cloth, which the students can cut up for their collages.
  • You can also prepare a short questionnaire to help your students decide on their favorite animal, food, recreational activity, sport, friend, colour, etc.
  • Paper or foam shapes of all colours and sizes
  • Paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Large sheets of green or winter white construction paper for communal green space

Preparation Tasks

    • Pre-cut shapes and sort according to shape. If using foam shapes, choose a marker that will leave a mark on the foam.
    • From the materials you will give your students, prepare your own ?home? for the neighbourhood. Make sure your example displays symmetry or asymmetry, pattern and colour.
    • If you can, set aside a bulletin board in your class or hallway where all of the student?s final works can be posted around a green space that can be added afterwards.