A few students still needed to finish their bugs, so I gave everyone a piece of 5X5 newspaper to practice this tree shape. I demonstrated the folds under the document camera. After everyone had practiced, the ones that were finished, were allowed to grab a piece of green paper. We just used some scraps of green construction paper that I had leftover from another project to make their trees.
Then, they cut their scraps into triangles (I demonstrated how to do this under the camera too). Other shapes were REALLY hard to cut, but triangles were fairly simple. Students used tacky glue to attach the aluminum. Finally, they spent a little time designing a background.
Students could use metallic colored pencils, regular colored pencils and metallic sharpies to decorate black scraps that we used for backgrounds. Each class did different sizes depending on how much time they had---a few classes were behind because of early outs, assemblies and days off.
I let kids grab a pipe cleaner just before leaving, and I showed them quickly how to make a hanger and punch to holes at the top, being careful not to put the hole punch too close to the edge.
There were a lot of really cute ones, but I let them take them home the same day so I forgot to take very many pictures.
square practice newspaper
scraps of aluminum