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Paul Revere Williams


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markers and crayons
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construction paper


1. Celebrate the birthday of Paul Revere Williams, who was born on February
18, 1894. Explain that Paul Revere Williams was a famous African American
architect. Discuss the meaning of the word "architect" (one skilled in the art
of building or designing), and show them a book of different types of
architectural buildings and designs.
2. Show the children a ruler. Ask them if they know what it is and how it is
used. When you finish the discussion, give the children rulers, pencils or
markers, and drawing paper.
3. Ask them to place the rulers on the paper and draw lines going in many
different directions.
4. Before doing this part of the activity, cut out a variety of shapes from multicolored
paper. Explain to the children that they will be using the different
shapes to design their own building.
5. Give each child a piece of tagboard. Encourage them to choose a few paper
shapes and glue them to the tagboard to make a building.
6. Encourage the children to write a story about their buildings. Attach the story
to their picture and display.
Related poem
Paul Revere Williams by Patricia Murchison
Paul R. Williams was an architect
No finer one have we met.
Building and construction was his thing,
Boy, could he make his pencil sing.
With a ruler and pencil in his hand,
Paul's buildings became famous throughout the land.
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Kindergarten Activities
Center: Art
Topic: Shapes
Content: Social Studies
Area: Language
Age: Kindergarten
Interaction: Individual Child

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