The pop-up lessons and project resources will help you provide a unique, cross-curricular learning experience for your students. Watch your students become master paper engineers as they design, create, and construct 3-d, moveable backdrops and frames based on chosen curricular content. In the process, see their critical thinking and problem-solving skills grow exponentially. The resources include:
Pop-Up Overview: The overview explains the benefits of teaching paper engineering to students. It also lists just a few of the endless project possibilities students could complete to engage them in learning. Finally, paper engineering is perfect for collaboration, both for students and for you. Students can work in pairs or teams while you may work with a colleague to enhance the students’ experiences.
Pop-Up Suggested Materials: The suggested materials are supplies you and your students will need to successfully complete paper engineering. In general, with few exceptions, the supplies can be found in any classroom. Please note: The listed supplies are not included in this product.
Pop-Up Vocabulary: The pop-up vocabulary graphic organizer lists essential terms that students should be familiar with in order to understand the ins and outs of paper engineering. It will give you and your classroom the shared language it needs to follow the lessons that are included. An answer key is included.
Pop-up Planning, Rules, and Key Terminology: The planning and rules information lists basic steps paper engineers should take when creating pop-up mechanisms. The steps help minimize mistakes and simplify processes to make them less complicated than they might initially appear.
Pop-Up Lessons: The five pop-up lessons provide step-by-step instructions for students to create pop-up features. The steps include simple directions and visuals to help aid students in some complicated concepts. The lessons also include an information sheet on the pop-up concept with possible uses and key reminders.
Pop-Up Project: The pop-up project is a fun way for students to use their new paper engineering skills. Students will create a holiday/birthday/special occasion card for someone else that includes a pop-up mechanism. The card project is a great way to engage students’ in pop-up creation on a small, manageable scale.
Interested in more pop-up lessons and projects? Check out Pop-Up Lessons & Projects Part II: Paper Engineering, a Skill for All Subjects!