Making Books with children · Making books with elementary students · moving parts · origami

Biome Book, Post #3

This will be the last of the posts that I am going to write about these magnificent biome books made by Mrs. DePace’s second graders. 

The books were made from one sheet of folded paper, about 17″ by 35″, folded as a single Book Base.  This gave students a front cover, back cover, a two page spread  to illustrate the biome, and a two page spread for writing.

Red Fox, out of his origami pocket

The first spread of pages is full of interesting features.  Students drew an animal, which was stored in an origami pocket.    Actually, students made two of these animals, and attached them together with a paper spring, so that they could be freestanding.

Paper spring attaching two red foxes together, so that they can stand by themselves

In the middle of the spread are a couple of simple pop-ups.

 Students glued items on to these simple pop-ups for a wild effect.

Close up of add-ons to a pop-up

 This first set of pages is labeled by a title that is attached to the page by more paper springs.

Title of Biome, attached with paper springs.

The rational behind using paper springs here is that students love making paper springs, so any excuse to make them is a good one.

The second spread of pages is where all the research goes.

Opening to the second spread of pages

 The writing for these Biome Books happens, for the most part, on the second spread of pages, in mini books which were worked on individually, then glued, with glue sticks, into the book base.

Mrs. DePace guided student reaserch, then the students added their writing to these mini-books. I  that the students were required to look for images to collage on to the cover of some of these papers and that the titles of these little books are boldly printed.  When I spoke to the students I compared each of the booklets to paragraphs, saying that they could write a typical report on paper, using paragraphs to separate subject matter. They liked the idea of, instead,  using these little booklets to separate the subject matter.

Booklets open showing research on biomes

Just for the sake a variety, the little booklets, which were simply folded cover stock  papers with lines, opened in different directions.  The one on the lower right has a map of the world on it, along with a compass rose at the top, on which the students colored in the places that their biomes exist in the world.

Good bye Bear

This is end of the Biome Posts.  I hope you have enjoyed these images as much as I have.   Good work!

5 thoughts on “Biome Book, Post #3

  1. One of my colleagues saw this on Pinterest and now we are going back and forth figuring out how we could adapt this for our own students. Do you have any other information you would be willing to share with us?

    What a wonderful project!!!!


    1. Glad you liked this project. Here’s the tutorial page that shows how the base of the structure was made
      The pocket on the first page is an origami pocket

      The pop-up can be made according to the pop-up on this page
      The world map is made by folding a diamond shaped origami base, with the world map already printed on it…this was by far the trickest detail to design, and I have the directions as well an appropriately sized and printed world map for you to use at this links:

      and here’s the links to the other two posts about this project.

      What grade are you working with? Will you consider sending me photos when you are done? If you have an art teacher at the school that you can collaborate with on this, that would be great.

      Let me know if you have any more questions!!
      Good luck


  2. what a phenom project. we homeschool and now i i’m so excited to begin our biome unit. an incredible job. thank you for your hard work and the detailed posting!


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