Tunnel books are unique and fun! A tunnel book is a three dimensional movable book that you read by looking through it. Originally from the mid-18th century, tunnel books are enjoying a new popularity as an art form in their own right.
The tunnel books you've seen may look complicated, but I've developed a method that simplifies the process so that students from 3rd or 4th grade and up can be successful making tunnel books of their own. We'll use a post card as a prompt for writing an original haiku poem, and then create a tunnel book to illustrate it.
This 12 page pdf will explain how to write a haiku and offers several examples to share with your students. Then it takes you step by step through the process of creating a tunnel book to illustrate your haiku, using common materials and a minimum of prep. A student gallery of haiku tunnel books will inspire you to do this lesson with your own students! Then I'll leave you with more ideas for other ways you can use tunnel books in your classroom.
Cheryl Trowbridge is the founder of Teach Kids Art (www.teachkidsart.net), a website for anyone who wants to share the JOY of ART with the kids in their life!