SIGNS OF SPRING – Pop Up Card, Organic Shapes

Children look for signs of spring then use construction paper to make a pop-up story about what they saw.

Required Time

80 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 1 to Grade 3

Subject

Language Arts
Mathematics
Science
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

background construction paper foreground hamburger fold organic pop-up shape spring

Materials

scissors Pencils Lined Paper Glue Markers

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Steps

SIGNS OF SPRING – Pop Up Card, Organic Shapes - Step One

Step One

  1. Choose two different colours of construction paper.
  2. Place one on top of the other and fold them both in half, short end to short end.
SIGNS OF SPRING – Pop Up Card, Organic Shapes - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Place the paper that will be the outside of your card aside.
  2. Place the measuring strip on the folded paper that will be the inside of your card.
  3. Place the bottom of the measuring strip along the fold. 
  4. Draw a line across the construction paper from one end to the other parallel to the fold.
SIGNS OF SPRING – Pop Up Card, Organic Shapes - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Make 4 cuts starting at the fold.
  2. Cut towards the top edge of the paper, parallel to the sides of the paper, and stop at the line.
  3. Leave about 4cm between each cut.
SIGNS OF SPRING – Pop Up Card, Organic Shapes - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Fold the cut strips up towards the top of the paper making firm, crisp creases.
SIGNS OF SPRING – Pop Up Card, Organic Shapes - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Fold the strips in the opposite direction making firm, crisp creases.
  2. Then fold them forward again so they are back in their original position before you made any cuts.
SIGNS OF SPRING – Pop Up Card, Organic Shapes - Step Six

Step Six

  1. Open the paper and push the strips through to the other side. 
SIGNS OF SPRING – Pop Up Card, Organic Shapes - Step Seven

Step Seven

  1. Close the paper and press firmly along the folded edges.
SIGNS OF SPRING – Pop Up Card, Organic Shapes - Step Eight

Step Eight

  1. Cut a wavy border around the open edges of the paper.
  2. Do NOT cut on the folded side.
SIGNS OF SPRING – Pop Up Card, Organic Shapes - Step Nine

Step Nine

  1. Put lots of glue all over the back of the paper.
  2. Glue it to the inside of the paper you put aside. 
SIGNS OF SPRING – Pop Up Card, Organic Shapes - Step Ten

Step Ten

  1. Cut organic shapes out of construction paper and add lots of details to show the signs of spring that will be in your story.
  2. Glue your shapes to the front side of the pop-up strips.
  3. Add lots of details to the background as well.
SIGNS OF SPRING – Pop Up Card, Organic Shapes - Step Eleven

Step Eleven

  1. Write your story on a small piece of lined paper.
  2. Use markers to decorate the paper. 
  3. Glue the story in front of your pop-up figures inside the card.
  4. Use markers or crayons to decorate the cover of the card.
  5. When you open the card your pictures will pop up.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create a pop-up card; 
  2. Cut organic shapes out of construction paper;
  3. Use overlapping shapes to show depth;
  4. Write about 4 signs of spring;
  5. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity; and
  6. Support their ideas with evidence found in the works.

Extensions

Have students:

  1. Create 3 more cards and glue them together to make a book.
  2. Use corrugated cardboard or Bristol board for the cover. 
  3. Use alliteration to describe their observations, e.g., I saw buds bursting.
  4. Share their books with students in another class.

 

Prepare

  1. Take children on a walk in the neighbourhood to look for signs of spring.
  2. Read and provide books about spring, for example, Who Likes Rain, by Wong Herbert Yee; Everything Spring, by Jill Esbaum; Feel the Wind, by Arthur Dorros; And Then It's Spring, by Julie Fogliano; and Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms, by Julia Rawlinson.
  3. Cut measuring strips out of cardstock paper 6.3 cm x 27.9 cm (2.5" x 11") - 1 per student.
  4. Create a sample.

Introduction

  1. Brainstorm things children have observed on their walk, and when they go outside to play.
  2. Write a sentence starter on the board or chart paper, e.g., I saw ...........
  3. Introduce the challenge.

 

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Create a pop-up card. 
  2. Cut organic shapes out of construction paper.
  3. Use overlapping shapes to show depth.
  4. Write about 4 signs of spring.
  5. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
  6. Support your ideas with evidence found in the works.

The Process

  1. Ask students to imagine the setting for their scene. Where are they?
  2. Encourage them to think of the kinds of details they will need to add in order to show where they are and what they see.
  3. Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  4. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I have:
    - created a pop-up card
    - made 4 signs of spring
    - cut organic shapes out of construction paper
    - glued shapes carefully
    - added lots of details
    - overlapped shapes
    - written about 4 signs of spring 
    - made a card that is in good condition
  5. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan, demonstrating as you go.
  6. Observe students as they work. 
  7. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Once all the pop-ups are complete display them for a group discussion. Remind students of the challenge.
    Look closely at the pop-up cards.
    - Choose one that interests you for some reason.
    - Share thoughts about the work.
  2. During the discussion include references to:
    - organic shapes and details – how they have been used to help tell the story.
    - space – how things on the pop-ups overlap the things in the background
    - signs of spring – similarities and differences among the stories

 

Assessment

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