Cut and Tear Cityscape Buildings

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Project Details

Students make a cityscape collage by cutting and tearing construction paper.

Lesson Plan Ideas

Developed by: Kathy Barbro, Visual Arts Professional Expert from Dixie Canyon Community Charter Elementary School in Sherman Oaks, CA

Learning Objective

For Grade: 2
Students practice paper tearing skills and math skills by creating
rows and columns of windows.

Applicable Core Standards

CCSS.Math.Content.2.G.A.2 Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same-size squares and count to find the total number of them.


  1. Students tear three rectangles from construction paper and arrange on a background sheet of paper. The pieces are not to overlap. They are glued down with a glue stick.

    Step 1

  2. Students cut square windows and follow this formula:
    • One building with two columns and two rows of windows
    • One building with two columns and three rows of windows
    • One building with two columns and four rows of windows 

    Step 2

  3. Details are drawn with a black marker, such as window panes, doors, cars and more.

    Step 3

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