Saratoga ABC Book , Post #1: Model of the finished Book
My first in-school project of 2010 is to faciltiate the making of an alphabet book by 27 early elementary students. The tricky part of this project is that we are including an interactive element (like a pocket with which contains a miniature book) on each page, and there are to be four copies of this book. Each page then, needs to be designed by the student then copied four times before the interactive elements get added on to each individual page.
Tipping the single pages on to an accordion seems like the best way to go with this project. I like the look of the big, wide, colorful pleats of the structure pictured here. I like the look of the spine and the way the book can be set up for display.
The pages of the book are 8 1/2″ x 11″. The spine is made up of five separate pieces of 8 1/2″ x 17″, hinged together using 4″ x 8 1/2″ strips. The grain of all papers run parallel to the spine…which means I had to cut the paper to size from parent sheets.
The students have begun this project by making decorative borders, based on alphabet letters. It will take a few weeks for us to get from the beginning to the end of this project. I will post periodic updates on the progress of this book. So far, the students are doing great work, and are engaged and enthusiastic. I showed this model, as well as a sample page, to them so that they would have an idea of how the finished project will look.
Maybe I have included too many photos in this post? I can’t choose between them: this structure is so photogenic.