Paper Engineering with 3rd Grade

After spending time in their classrooms learning about bridge engineering, 3rd grade artists then come down to the art room to learning about a different kind of engineering – a kind that uses paper. A paper engineer is a person who creates movable parts and pop-ups for a card of a book, out of paper. Folding, cutting, twisting, gluing and constructing are all necessary to be a successful paper engineer, but the most important step is the planning step. Each student will be creating their own themed book. In the process, we have learned several methods of creating paper pop-ups and students have worked individually or in groups as I presented them with different paper engineering challenges. Though there is still much work to be done, here are a few in-progress shots of our pop-up books! Click on a photo to begin slideshow:

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