Image-Making Research-Based Animal Trifolds
The Image-Making Research-Based Animal Trifold Unit invites teachers and students to enter the Image-Making Process through a skills-packed, relatively short unit of study. Students conduct visual and written research on an animal of their choosing. They each create their own portfolio of hand-painted papers based on the facts they have learned about their animal. In creating their Who Am I? trifold, students learn how to embed facts into their collage images and their written text while keeping their reader guessing prior to opening to the centerfold. Their writing includes a fact-based I poem and either a fact-based acrostic phrase poem, a “magic poem” for younger students, or straight informational text. Students write a reflective/opinion piece on their About the Artist/Writer page.
Image-Making Instructional Materials
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This lively instructional video provides a comprehensive overview of the Image-Making Research-Based Animal Trifolds process as well as captures every lesson necessary to facilitating this unit in the classroom. While filmed in a third-grade classroom, this project is appropriate for students K-12. This video details how to conduct visual and written research, create a portfolio of hand-painted papers, generate community word banks, and embed facts into collage images and text.
Because of the guessing nature of this trifold, students learn how to keep their reader engaged by saving their giveaway clue for the end. They also learn that using active verbs can make their collages come to life (6 hours of video content).
The Who Am I? Research-Based Animal Trifold Instructional Video Package includes the video described above, a teachers manual, all 3 sample Image-Making trifolds, Image-Making Station Labels, a Time of Day Poster, an Artists/Writers Workshop Poster, and an Image-Making Artists Frame.
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Watch Video Clip: Image-Making Research-Based Animal Trifolds
The Image-Making Integrated Curriculum Poetry Manual provides teachers with step-by-step instructions for creating a portfolio of hand-painted textured papers and simple collage images. A variety of poetry masters, appropriate for students of all ages, make the Image-Making process easy to integrate into many areas of the curriculum. This manual is distributed as part of hands-on workshop or as part of the Instructional Video Package.
The Who Am I? Narwhal Trifold offers an example of an Image-Making guessing trifold including a fact-based I poem, a fact-based acrostic phrase poem and a reflective/opinion piece. This trifold is used as a mentor text in the instructional video.
The Who Am I? Porcupine Trifold offers an example of an Image-Making guessing trifold including a fact-based I poem, a fact-based acrostic phrase poem and a reflective/opinion piece. This trifold is used as a mentor text in the instructional video.
The Who Am I? Black Bear Trifold offers an example of an Image-Making guessing trifold including a fact-based I poem, a fact-based acrostic phrase poem and a reflective/opinion piece. This trifold was created during the filming of the Who Am I? instructional video.
Image-Making Station Labels –This set of 20 laminated station labels are folded to create “tabletop tents.” Each provides a visual example of a paper-texturing technique on the front and directions on the back of how to set up each station and model that painting process. Available in English or French.
The Times of Day Poster is used during this research-based animal trifold project as a reference to remind students to consider what color skies they need to paint depending on when their animal is awake. It is also referenced during the collage-making process as students embed facts about their animal into each collage image. Available in English and French.