COMMUNITIES – Urban, Suburban, Rural, Contrast

Students create a cereal box 'TV' that scrolls their drawings of rural, suburban and urban communities.

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COMMUNITIES – Urban, Suburban, Rural, Contrast


  • Crayola Construction Paper
  • Crayola Washable Glue Stick
  • Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Fine Line Markers
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Cereal Box - 1 per student
  • Paper Towel Rolls - 2 per student
  • Masking Tape
  • Craft Sticks - 4 per student


Step 1
  1. Unfasten the ends of the cereal box and flatten it.
  2. Draw lines the width of a ruler along each edge of the front of the box.
Step 2
  1. Place the end of a paper towel roll on top of a small piece of Bristol board.
  2. Draw a square that touches the edges of the circle on the Bristol board.
  3. Cut out the Bristol board square to use as a tracer.
Step 3
  1. Place the tracer on the long side of the box close to the end.
  2. Trace around the square to mark where the paper towel roll will go.
  3. Repeat this process on each end of both long sides of the box.
  4. You should trace 4 squares altogether.
Step 4
  1. Carefully cut out all 4 squares and the large rectangle.
Step 5
  1. Glue the box back together.
Step 6
  1. Make several thumbnail sketches of scenes for rural, suburban and urban communities.
  2. Choose the ones you like best.
Step 7
  1. Measure the width of the rectangle in your box.
  2. Add 3 cm to this measurement.
  3. This will be the width of the paper you use for your drawings.
  4. Cut 3 pieces of paper the width x 30.5 cm.
  5. Draw lines 2.5 cm in from each end of one piece of the paper parallel to the short ends of the paper.
  6. This is where you will put the glue to attach the other 2 scenes.
  7. Use this paper for the (middle) suburban scene.
  8. Do not colour in these end spaces.
Step 8
  1. Draw 3 separate scenes – rural, suburban, and urban.
  2. Add details to your drawing to make sure the scenes flow smoothly from one to the other.
  3. Outline them with a black fine line marker.
  4. Colour them with Crayola Twistables crayons.
Step 9
  1. Apply glue to the spaces at each end of the suburban scene.
  2. Glue the rural scene on one end, and the urban scene on the other end of the suburban scene.
Step 10
  1. Glue one end of the long drawing to one of the paper towel rolls.
  2. Leave spaces of about 8 cm long at the top and bottom of the roll.
  3. Glue the other end of the drawing to the other paper towel roll.
  4. Gently turn one paper towel roll to wrap the drawing around it.
Step 11
  1. Slip the rolled drawing into the box.
  2. Feed the paper towel rolls through the holes and line everything up.
  3. Make sure the paper towel rolls fit snuggly in the holes.
  4. If the holes are too big, glue small pieces of Bristol board to the sides of the box so they touch the rolls.
  5. Glue strips of construction paper onto the front and sides of the box.
Step 12
  1. Poke 2 holes through the paper towel roll opposite each other and close to the edge of the box.
  2. Insert a craft stick through the holes as shown.
  3. Repeat for each end of both paper towel rolls.
  4. The craft sticks will keep the rolls from slipping up and down.
Step 13
  1. Hold the box in your left hand and slowly turn the paper roll on the right clockwise to view all the scenes.
  2. Switch hands to wind it in the opposite direction.
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Mathematics,

    • Social Studies,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 2,

    • Grade 3,

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6

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