Children’s literature often
inspires my lessons, and
reading to my primary
students motivates their
participation. This lesson is based
on the book Falling for Rapunzel
by Leah Wilcox and took place over
three class periods.
it. Instead, each brick sits over two
bricks from the row below. Then I
took down all but the first row of
bricks and handed one to each student to help build the wall again,
alternating rows of bricks.
To make their towers, I gave students gray construction paper and
the bricks I had cut from their texture rubbings. They built their own
brick walls, starting with two bricks
across the bottom of the paper, leaving a space between each brick to
Children’s literature often inspires cement. They
my lessons, and reading to my alternated
gluing a row
primary students motivates with two
their participation. bricks and a
row with one
brick until they reached the top.
Then I had them cut the rest of their
bricks in half to fill in on either side
of the rows that only had one brick.
I gathered students on a floor mat to
introduce the lesson. I read the book
aloud and then we talked about the
tower in the
book and how
it doesn’t actually show any
bricks. However, it does
show wonderful vines growing up the side. The
vines, as well as Rapunzel’s long,
curling hair, inspired this lesson.
I showed students a brick and
we discussed how bricks are made,
what brick is used for, and if it feels
hard or soft, smooth or scratchy.
Next I passed around a piece of sandpaper and compared its texture to
I demonstrated how to make a
rubbing to create the texture of a
brick on paper using sandpaper.
This is done by placing the sandpaper under a sheet of copy paper and
rubbing the side of an unwrapped
crayon over it. Each student filled
up two pieces of copy paper with
texture rubbings of the sandpaper.
Before the next class, I cut the copy
paper into 1½ x 3" ( 4 x 8 cm) rectangles to make paper bricks for the
In the final class, students added
finishing details. They made triangle roofs, adding texture with
crayon. They each made a window
with Rapunzel looking out and
curled a long piece of paper around a
pencil for her hair. Green vines and
other details were added as desired.
Leah Wilcox. Falling for Rapunzel.
New York, NY: Penguin Young
Reader’s Group, 2004.
Sheryl Depp is an art teacher at Shady
Hills Elementary School in Pasco County,
On my board, I set up thirty paper
bricks in several rows to resemble a
brick wall. I left spaces in between
the bricks to represent the cement.
I explained that bricks are staggered so that each brick doesn’t sit
directly over the brick underneath
Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
• bricks (or photos of brick walls)
• white copy paper, two sheets
• 4 x 5" ( 10 x 13 cm) coarse
• assorted unwrapped crayons
• 6 x 18" ( 15 x 46 cm) gray
• glue sticks or glue
• 4½ x 6" ( 11 x 15 cm) red
• 2 x 3" ( 5 x 8 cm) white
• 6 x 18" ( 15 x 46 cm)
construction paper for hair
• green permanent markers or
green construction paper