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Students will learn how to use an every day item, paper, in a way they have not before. Each student will become an engineer by building their own 3-D paper strip sculptures to help them understand the difference between 2D and 3D.

Recommended Grade Kindergarten
Category
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Standards

Math Geometry K.G: Identify and describe shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres).

K.G.3 Identify shapes as two-dimensional (lying in a plane, “flat”) or three dimensional (“solid”).

NGSS
K-2-ETS1-2. Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.

Content

Talk about how to use flat, two-dimensional, strips of paper to create three-dimensional shapes.

Learning Outcomes

1. Teaches the students to use every day items in a different way.
2. Using paper to create structures and 3-D shapes and designs.
3. Practicing Patience
4. Failing-Up

Materials

-Colored Construction paper
-Glue sticks
-Printer paper

Prep:
Pre-cut all construction paper into about 1 inch strips

Directions

1. Place a handful of paper strips on each table
2. Give each student 1 piece of printer paper and a glue stick
3. Show the students a sample (use exmaples from this site http://artforittybitties.blogspot.com/2011_02_01_archive.html).
4.Show them how to bend and fold the strips in different ways
5. Have them begin and let them freely build for about 15 minutes
*If they are struggling*
-Go back to the original demonstration
*If they need more of a challenge*
-Have them try to work as a team to create a structure to help build collaboration and teamwork

Debrief
1. Talk to the students about what they normally use paper for vs. how they used it for this project
2. Have a conversation about what was easy and what was more difficult.

Time Estimate: 30-45 minutes

Comments

What Worked:
This project was a great introduction to a Maker Lab project because it shows young students how to use every day items in a way they never have before. It opened up their minds to view things in different ways. Adding a team challenge facilitates students working as a team and learning how to collaborate on a project together.

What We Would Change:
There is nothing we would change about this project!