NEVER ENDING CARD – Past, Present and Future Me

Students create a small never ending card that shows them at three stages of life – the past when they were a baby, the present, and the future, when they will be an adult. They use the card for storytelling.

Required Time

120 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 1 to Grade 8

Subject

Language Arts
Mathematics
Social Studies
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

colour contrast shape space texture

Materials

Ruler X-Acto Knife (Teacher Use) Cutting Board Card Stock Paper 11 cm x 14 cm (for younger students use bigger paper) Fine line Markers Coloured Pencils Crayons

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Steps

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Step One

Lightly draw an X from one corner to the other on the paper.

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Step Two

Fold each side of the paper into the centre of the X. Make sure the outer edges of the paper line up with the centre of the X. 

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Step Three

Make sure you fold all 4 sides in to meet the X.

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Step Four

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Step Five

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Step Six

Notice how a small, inner rectangle has been formed by the folds.

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Step Seven

Colour your first picture on the side that does NOT have the X on it.

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Step Eight

Use lots of colour and pattern to fill in the whole space.

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Step Nine

Flip the paper over. Use an x-acto knife to cut along the X that is inside the small rectangle formed by the folds. 

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Step Ten

Hold the card with the picture facing you. Gently fold the top flap down as shown. 

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Step Eleven

Fold the bottom flap up.

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Step Twelve

Colour your second picture in this new space. 

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Step Thirteen

Be sure to add lots of colour and pattern to fill the whole space.

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Step Fourteen

Hold the card facing you. Fold the sides in so they look like a little cupboard door.

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Step Fifteen

Make your last picture in this space. Check to see that the lines match up with the other picture.

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Step Sixteen

Make sure the details from picture #2 work with picture #3.

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Step Seventeen

Check to see how each picture flips to the next. Start with picture #1.

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Step Eighteen

Fold the top down and bottom up to get to picture #2. 

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Step Nineteen

Fold the sides in towards you. 

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Step Twenty

This is picture #3.

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Step Twenty-One

To use this Never-Ending card for storytelling, practice moving smoothly from one picture to the next. Begin by doing it with the card facing you. Once you are good at that, practice with the card facing an audience. 

To move from one picture to the next start by holding the card with the first picture facing you.

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Step Twenty-Two

Fold the top down, towards you.

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Step Twenty-Three

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Step Twenty-Four

Tuck your finger under the bottom flap.

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Step Twenty-Five

And fold it up, towards you.

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Step Twenty-Six

This shows you the 2nd picture.

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Step Twenty-Seven

Now fold the sides in towards you.

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Step Twenty-Eight

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Step Twenty-Nine

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Step Thirty

This is the 3rd picture.

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Step Thirty-One

Place your fingers behind the card, tuck them under the flap and flip it over to the front. 

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Step Thirty-Two

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Step Thirty-Three

Repeat with the bottom flap.

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Step Thirty-Four

Unfold the two outside sections.

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Step Thirty-Five

You should be back at the beginning. Now you can start all over again for a never-ending story.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate chronological thinking;
  2. Create a never ending card using coloured pencil techniques;
  3. Use the never ending card to tell stories about the past, present and future; and
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.

Extensions

  1. Use large Bristol board for this technique.
  2. Have students include written text along with the imagery.
  3. Invite students to present their never ending stories to students in other grades.

Prepare

  1. Create a sample.
  2. Cut enough paper for each student to have one piece.
  3. Gather some books about family history and geneology.

Introduction

  1. Read a story about family history and genealogy to get students thinking about their own past and relatives who might inspire them as they think about the future.
  2. Ask students to think about what they were like in the past.
    How far back can they remember?
    - What did they look like as a baby?
    - What stories do their parents tell about them?
  3. Introduce the challenge.

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Create a never ending card with three distinct pictures.
  2. Picture #1 shows you as a baby.
  3. Picture #2, shows you as you are now.
  4. Picture #3 shows you as an adult.
  5. Use contrasting colour, pattern and detail to add interest to each picture.
  6. Demonstrate technical accomplishment.

The Process

  1. Demonstrate how to fold the cardstock.
  2. As students finish their first picture have them come to a designated spot.
  3. Cut the X for them using an x-acto knife.
  4. Demonstrate how to fold the paper for the 2nd drawing.
  5. Remind students that the 2nd picture is of them in the present.
  6. As students finish the 2nd drawing demonstrate how to make the last fold.
  7. Remind students that this drawing is of them as an adult.
  8. This is a good place to stop the class and briefly talk about the 3rd drawing. What details will they need to add to communicate their ideas?

Sharing

Have students work in pairs.  

  1. Demonstrate how to flip through the card continuously, and then ask students to use their cards to take turns telling something interesting about each page. For example, Student A showing the baby page, - “In the past, when I was a baby I really liked to get into the pot cupboard. It drove my mother crazy!”
  2. Student B – showing the baby page, “In the past, when I was a baby I loved to chase the cat . . . and pull her tail! It made the cat run away every time she saw me.”
  3. After everyone has had a chance to share in partners have some students flip through their entire card telling stories as they go.
  4. Ask students to reflect on the experience:
    What was challenging?
    What was the best thing about it?
    What was the worst thing about it?

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting
  2. Observe students as they share their stories. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - CARD_tracking.pdf)