FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast

Students use construction paper to create a special, house-shaped book. Then they use Model Magic to create hanging ornaments to insert in the pockets of the book. They use the book to write about a family holiday tradition.

Required Time

180 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 1 to Grade 5

Subject

Language Arts
Mathematics
Social Studies
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

contrast emphasis length tradition triangle width

Materials

Embellishments Shish Kebab Skewers Ribbon Pencils Googly Eyes Brown Construction Paper 30.5 cm x 45.7 cm (12" x 18") Rulers Copy Paper 7.6 cm x 11.4 cm (3" x 4.5") Model Magic Scissors Glue Glitter Glue Markers

Steps

FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step One

Step One

  1. Fold the paper into 8 boxes.
    - Fold it in half twice, widthwise (short end to short end).
    - Open it up and fold it in half lengthwise (long end to long end). 
FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Cut a piece of copy paper 1/2 the length and the width of one of the boxes – 7.6 cm x 11.4 cm (3” x 4.5”).
FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Fold the small paper in half widthwise (short end to short end).
  2. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other.
FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Cut along the line from corner to corner.
  2. Open it up.
  3. Use the large triangle to trace the outline of the roof of your house.
FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Place the base of the triangle on the horizontal fold of the second box from the left on the TOP half of the paper.
  2. Trace the 2 short sides.
  3. Slide the triangle along the horizontal line to the box on the right.
  4. Flip the triangle so the base is on the horizontal fold of the third box from the left on the BOTTOM half of the paper.
  5. Trace the 2 short sides.
  6. There should be a zigzag line in the middle of the paper.
FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Six

Step Six

  1. Fold the paper in half widthwise (short end to short end).
  2. Make a small cut in the corner of the paper at the end of the line so you can insert your scissors.
  3. Open up the paper and carefully insert your scissors. 
  4. Cut along the zigzag line.
FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Seven

Step Seven

  1. Fold the paper in half lengthwise (long end to long end).
  2. Hold the ends of the paper and push towards the centre until you see a box formed.
FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Eight

Step Eight

  1. Keep pushing until all the pages line up.
FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Nine

Step Nine

  1. Flatten the paper and fold it in half to make the book.
FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Ten

Step Ten

  1. Place glue along the inside edges of the page with the cutout triangle.
FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Eleven

Step Eleven

  1. Press the paper together firmly. This will make the page into an envelope.
  2. Repeat with the other cutout triangle page.
FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Twelve

Step Twelve

  1. Glue writing paper on the book pages and write your story on them.
  2. Decorate the cover.
FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Thirteen

Step Thirteen

  1. Mix red, yellow and a small amount of blue Model Magic together to make brown.
FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Fourteen

Step Fourteen

  1. Use a rolling pin, the barrel of a marker, or a dowel to roll the Model Magic out smooth and flat.
FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Fifteen

Step Fifteen

  1. Use cookie cutters to cut out 2 shapes.
FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Sixteen

Step Sixteen

  1. Use a shish kebab skewer to make small holes at the top of the shapes.
     
FAMILY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS – Bookmaking, Shape, Contrast - Step Seventeen

Step Seventeen

  1. Decorate the shapes.
  2. Allow them to dry for 2 days.
  3. Insert a ribbon or string into the hole and tie it in a loop.
  4. Place a Model Magic hanging ornament in each pouch.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create a house-shaped book from a single sheet of paper;
  2. Create 2 small Model Magic ornaments to complement a story they have written;
  3. Use contrast to create areas of emphasis;
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment; and
  5. Support their ideas with evidence found in the works.

Extensions

Have students:

  1. Explore simple bookmaking techniques such as Mini Journal Making available on this website, 
    Mini Journal Making
  2. Use their handmade books to write a variety of stories about things that are important to them.

Prepare

  1. Gather the materials required for this lesson.
  2. Create a sample book without decoration.
  3. Gather and make available books about family holiday traditions and gift giving in general, for example, The Book of New Family Traditions (Revised and Updated): How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays and Every Day, by Meg Cox; Family Pictures, by Carmen Garza; An Orange for Frankie, by Patricia Polacco; The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story, by Gloria Houstonl; Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, by Grace Lin; A New Year's Reunion: A Chinese Story, by Yu Li-Qiong
  4. Prior to this lesson:
    - Read a story about family traditions and share some experiences children have had. 
    - Make a chart list of characterisitics of traditions. For example, we learn traditions by participating in them; traditions involve sharing time and experiences with others; there may be special symbols associated with different traditions; traditions involve doing things in a special way; some traditions are passed down from one generation to another; some traditions involve the giving of gifts.
  5. Discuss gift giving in general. Why and when do we give gifts? How do we choose the gifts we give? What are some of their favourite gifts? 
  6. Have students write a story about their favourite family holiday tradition.

Introduction

  1. Review the ideas discussed earlier about traditions and gifts. 
  2. Have some students share their stories about traditions and discuss key elements of the story. 
  3. Show students the house shaped book and talk about how it might be decorated inside and out to match the story. In this example it is a gingerbread house, what else could it be? 
  4. Discuss what kind of ornament would best complement the story. In this example it is gingerbread cookies, what else could it be?
  5. Introduce the challenge.

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Create a house-shaped book from a single sheet of paper.
  2. Create 2 small Model Magic ornaments to complement a story you have written.
  3. Use contrast to create areas of emphasis.
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment.
  5. Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.

The Process

  1. Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    - house-shaped book is accurately made from one sheet of paper
    - decorations match the story
    - contrast creates areas of emphasis
    - Model Magic ornament matches the story
    - book in good condition
    - story is neatly printed inside the book
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  4. Encourage students to think of how they can use contrast to create areas of emphasis.
  5. Observe students as they work. 
  6. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Once all the books are complete ask students to share them in partners or small groups. 
    Ask them to:
    Look closely at the designs and how they are made.
    - Share thoughts about the work.
    - Talk about how the designs match the story.

    - Explain why the symbol they chose can be called a cultural symbol, and why they chose it.
    - Tell what was satisfying about making the book and ornament and explain why.
  2. Ask some students to share their ideas with the whole class.
  3. Display the house-shaped books as if they are on a street.
  4. Provide time for students to read each others' books.

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they discuss the art works – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience.
  3. Use a checklist to track progress. (Download - Traditions_tracking.pdf)
  4. Have students use the self-assessment form to reflect on their work. (Download - Book_self-assessment.pdf)