How to Build a Model of the Alamo

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are teaching your students about American history, it can be more effective to provide them with a hands-on model displaying a particular event or scene. When teaching students about the Alamo, you can create a model of the Alamo out of craft materials. This will enable your students to see what the Alamo would have looked like while you deliver your lecture on the Alamo's history.

Cut out pieces of cardboard. Cut two pieces to measure 6 inches square, and three pieces to measure 12 inches long by 6 inches wide.

Place one of the 12- by 6-inch pieces horizontally onto a flat surface.

Hot glue the other 12- by 6-inch pieces to the flat piece, arranging the sides so that they sit perpendicular to the flat pieces.Make sure that the long sides are placed together.

Hot glue the 6-inch squares to either end of the structure.

Decide which long side will be the front of the Alamo, and cut out a round-top door from the middle.

Cut out a couple of windows on either side of the door.

Cover the entire structure with air-drying clay.

Use a clay knife to make the top edge scalloped like the Alamo.

Allow the clay to dry completely.

Paint the Alamo model with acrylic paint.

Allow the paint to dry completely before displaying the model.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue stick
  • Air-drying clay
  • Clay knife
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
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