Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cardboard Interior Spaces

I am currently teaching an 8 week maker class to third and fourth graders. For yesterday's assignment, I had my students create cardboard interior spaces.
I wanted my students to think about what 2D and 3D geometry made up objects in the real world (this trash can is a cylinder, this donut is a torus, etc.)

I collected more than 40 shoe boxes for this assignment. We built interior architecture and objects with the box lids and more recycled cardboard, paper, card stock, glue, tape, and twine. Pretty much anything we could get our hands on.

Environments can tell a story and I wanted my students to think about that too. As my example project, I made a two story space, the bottom floor is a private detective's office. The top floor is his apartment.


The detective is tracking an evil mustached mouse that stole cheese and a bag of money.
 I tried to add as many 2D and 3D shapes as possible and encouraged my students to do the same. This old rotary phone cord is a helix, the trash can a cylinder, the pizza slice a triangle, etc.

I tried to add a lot of detail to some areas, to inspire students to do the same.
The detective's sparse and juvenile bedroom.
The students really liked the weird magazines and the Pusheen mug. My students and I talked about Easter Eggs, "hidden" details that are funny or inside jokes. Many of my students hid Easter Eggs in their interiors too.
I could make these all day.
I'm always nervous before I try out a new project, but this turned out to be a huge hit. I have two classes that are 2.5 hours long each, with 17 students per class. Everyone seemed engaged and excited the entire time. I had students build ice rinks, movie theaters, ancient Greek ruins, and sushi bars. They built interior architecture like staircases and elevators.

My classroom was joyous chaos (what a mess!) and I couldn't be happier about the outcome.

Now I have to top it next week...

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