Monday, March 12, 2012

Accordion Book Variation: Pocket Folds -- Gr. 4

This lesson uses the same basic structure as the eight page accordion that was described earlier this month. The major difference is the added complexity of pocket folds. The paper is cut 6 1/2 by 16". Folds are at 1/2", 1 3/4" and 4 1/4" measured up from the bottom. The pocket consists of two folds (one to form the lip and one that folds up to form the pocket). The top is folded down to create a folded edge at the top to match the one on the bottom. It is best to score the paper before folding to get an even crease.

Unlike the last book lesson, I recommend folding first for this and filling in the drawings afterwards. Once all the drawings are done, use glue along the folds where the pockets are to secure them. Also glue the outside seams shut.
Since this lesson uses the pocket fold accordion book, I also have the students draw and cut out objects to go into the pockets. The lesson presented follows the theme "In or Under," which basically means that the students should be able to describe their book as representing objects found in or under something of theirs. For example: "Objects in my backpack" or "Things under my bed."
Remind the students that their objects should be large enough so they can be seen peeking out of the pockets, not hidden in them. Some students choose to have the design/object on the pocket go with the object in it -- that is an optional extension. In all, however, there are 16 objects represented (8 on the pockets and 8 in the pockets).
For the example given I used colored pencils to fill in the drawings after outlining with black sharpie. This technique makes the drawings stand out. It is important to color with lots of layers to get rich, saturated colors. Also, remember to color the interior of the pocket as well as the pocket itself not just the objects. For the interior of the pocket I used a layering technique to give the drawing more variety.
Create a book cover and back using chip board, cardboard or mat board. The board can be left plain or covered with fabric or paper (as in the example). Make a small image/text design to put on the front to title the book (in the example: "Art Room"). Attach the boards with Elmer's glue. If you want to add a ribbon, sandwich that between the board and the book before attaching the back cover. You can also add a button to the front using hot glue; this gives you something to wrap the ribbon around to keep the book closed when not on display.

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