This is a lesson that I originally intended to do just with my 3rd graders... but instead decided to do with my 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders this week - and it has been incredibly successful at all levels!
I got the original idea for this project from a pin I saw on pinterest.
It appears this lesson has kinda transformed a little each time it's been done.. so here is my version! :)
After watching this video the kids are PUMPED.
When they come in the next day (day 2) I've already done some prep work to their painted paper for them - I've pressed their papers (to make them flat) and cut them down from a 12"x18" piece to one 9"x12" piece (for the body), and eight 3"x4.5" pieces (for the head, additional details, and a bunch of extra scraps). To create our chameleons I have my students follow my directions step-by-step to make sure we are all on the same page.
In order to better illustrate the steps, I created the following visuals to help explain:
On step #3 I explain it's kind of like they are folding a paper airplane.
On step #4 I tell the kids that when they fold those little extra triangular pieces down, it looks like a collared shirt (this helps some of them understand what it should look like).
**It is extremely important that you have the kids cut to the fold (I actually have them do a LITTLE past the fold) on step #5 or else the chameleon's body won't move/bend properly.
|Body took one class (45 min) to build (most students did not attach legs this day).|
The next day (day 3) we create the head:
On step #3 it helps to tell students that the "x" fold will make their paper look like a kite (if they don't already tell you that first!).
One step #4 I tell them it's like we are cutting little legs for our paper. I take one "leg" (or triangle) in one hand and one in the other.. then tell them to "cross the legs" - this helps them overlap those pieces to create their form.
Time permitting: We attach the heads to the little extra folded tab we have left on the body with a piece of tape. **This part is tricky for the kids so be prepared to help if needed!
On day 4 I have the kids attach the head (if not done so already) and continue adding the additional details they are missing (like the legs, eyes, and tongue). Students who finish early are invited to use extra scrap paper from other tables to add pattern to their chameleon's body.
|Incredibly creepy - I know.|
|This student insisted on an albino chameleon.|