Earth Window Art

A. Wills
Multiple Subject Teacher

This lesson will allow students to create a replica of the Earth that can also be used as decoration.

Grade Level: 4 - 12th

Subject: Environmental

Length of Time: 30 - 45 Minutes

Objectives & Outcomes

The learners will work on map skills (depending on grade level).

Materials Needed

  • Round lids (large margarine lids work best)
  • Permanent markers
  • Glue
  • Food coloring (blue)
  • Cups for glue
  • Popsicle sticks


Opening to Lesson

  • Begin by telling students that they are going to create a mini map.
  • This can be prefaced by a lesson on reading a map, identifying states, and continents (whichever is most grade appropriate)

Body of Lesson

  • Explain to students that they are going to recreate a map of the earth, continents, states or countries (if age appropriate).
  • This lesson can be used to create the countries within a single continent or simply to show continents, or on a larger scale to do both if age appropriate.
  • Have students begin by placing 1/3 cup white glue into a cup and adding 4 to 5 drops of blue food coloring and mixing well. This will be used to create the sun catcher.
  • Pour the glue mixture into the butter lid (of other form).
  • Allow the glue to dry completely before carefully peeling it out of the form.Use permanent markers or sharpies to draw on the land masses as directed by the assignment.


  • Allow students to hang their sun catchers in the windows if possible.
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Assessment & Evaluation

Students will follow directions to create a sun catcher that accurately shows a detailed map (grade appropriate)

Modification & Differentiation

Allow students extra time or help with removal of catcher from lid. Have students work in groups if need be.

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