The Primary students are getting excited about Earth day, April 22nd, this weekend. I decided to use an Experiential Instruction Strategy to do some model building. We are going to make an Earth using Paper Mache! I first set up the Paper Mache station with smocks, balloons, strips of newspaper, and a good consistency of flour and water.
Then I blew up a few balloons to help give the students a 'picture' of what the Earth was supposed to look like and I paper mached one of the balloons so that I could use it as an exemplar.
I taught the students how to soak the strips of newspaper in the flour/water consistency and attach it to the balloon. I kept the consistency mixed up using kraft sticks so that the students could focus on wrapping the paper mache around the entire balloon to build the model of the earth.