Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Power to the Mini Book

Went to a PD and there were two major take aways.
1. Mini Books are useful. At the end of a unit, a lesson, at a speaking event, the students are to take a hand-made mini-book and fill it with details they need to remember about a topic, a trip, a video, a scene, a speaker, a poem, etc. Students present or critique each other’s mini books using a rubric (www.teachnology.net – pick project rubric).
Here’s how you make a “Mini Book”.
The only material you need to make a mini book is a piece of paper. Make your folds crispy clean. (Oy! I can’t help myself. I must be thinking about donuts.)

Step 1. Hold a piece of paper the portrait way, and fold your paper in half.
Step 2. Fold the paper in half again. It looks like a hot dog bun.
Step 3. Fold the hot dog bun in half to form a mini hot dog fold.
Step 4. Unfold the last two folds so you have the big hamburger bun fold again.
Step 5. Holding the paper with the folded edge at the top, place both sets of your fingers on the center of the folded edge, and gently tear the folded line half way down.
Step 6. Unfold the paper completely. You should see a hole in the middle of your paper.
Step 7. Hold your paper the landscape way, and fold your paper in half
Step 8. Hold both ends of the bun, and push the ends in so the middle pops out.
Step 9. Fold the pages into a mini book. You will have a front cover, six inside pages, and a back cover.

2. Students need opportunities to process the information. Practice. Need help --> check “The Tools”. Need help --> see your AP. Need help --> visit your colleagues. Need help --> see the P in room 111. Practice.

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