Newspaper, some masking tape and lots of team work.
- tightly roll a sheet of newspaper into a long cylinder by
rolling it corner to corner.
tape it so it stays together. The properties of the paper change
so it becomes strong and rigid. The paper can now be used as
a construction simple construction material.
and practise rolling the newspaper into long, tight sticks.
2. Use a small piece of masking tape to prevent the paper from
unfurling. (You will need to experiment
with where to place the tape & how much to use).
3. Test several of the initial 'sticks' to see which will be
good to construct with. (I've found
the tighter wound the better)
4. Explain that each group will be given 30 minutes to create
a square EXACTLY one metre
by one metre. The square must have an X shaped brace included
to ensure the shape always
the class into 6 groups, one group for each face of the cube.
6. Groups construct their face.
6. After much wailing and gnashing of teeth select one group
to bind each square face so they form a single cubic metre.
(I find it works best if the teacher
has a bit of input at this stage)
7. Display the cubic metre by hanging it from the roof for all
Out With the Group Work
Subtasking - Makes for efficient task completion. This can be
done before, during or after the session.
I tend to do the chat about sub-tasking when the fights start
breaking out. Even going as far as to assign the group rolls.
someone to measure
each person rolls a certain amount of sticks
people to hold
people to use the tape
the group work skills are the most important things students
take away from this activity)