Step 1: Creating a puppet
Using books or photographs as a reference, students will draw their animal in pencil and outline it with permanent marker. Ask students to notice and add details. Next, they will add color using markers or colored pencils and then cut out the finished animal.
- Make sure each puppet will fit at least partially in its book pocket.
- Use manila envelopes as portfolios where students can keep their books and all of their pieces.
Step 2: Title and author’s name
- On pre-cut paper, have students use pencil to write the title of their book and their name. Then have them go over it with permanent marker.
- Demonstrate how to use glue with a brush. Dab the brush on the edge of the cup. A simple swipe over the paper is enough. Remind students to be sure the title and author’s name go on the front cover of the book.
- Have students glue their titles and names onto their covers.
Step 3: Gluing the puppet
- Tape the ribbon to the top back of the puppet with a small 1” piece of blue painters’ tape.
- Glue the puppet to the scrap piece of paste paper and press them together.
- Cut off the excess paste paper to match the size of the puppet.
Step 4: About the author
- Discuss with students what kinds of things an author shares about themselves on an About the Author page. (Name, age, grade, where they live, a fun fact about themselves, etc.)
- Have students write their About the Author page in pencil on the pre-drawn lines on the puppet pocket. Then have them trace over it with permanent marker.
Step 5: Cut out the pop-up
- Have students cut out their pop-up animal from Lesson 2.
- Students should keep the pop-up animal in their portfolio.
Looking Ahead: Illustrations and writing will span lessons 4 and 5. Break these activities into two lessons in a way that will work for your class.