CAN YOU SPOT THE TREE? – Shape, Texture, Colour

In this 3 part lesson students use their engineering skills to create an interactive book using paper lunch bags, leaf rubbings and illustrated answer cards.

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CAN YOU SPOT THE TREE? – Shape, Texture, Colour


  • Crayola Crayons
  • Crayola Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Markers
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.4 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12") - 2 sheets per student
  • Elastic Bands - Medium Length - 1 per student
  • Small Tree Branch - about .5 cm (½") diameter x 12 cm (5") long
  • Hole Punch
  • Cardstock Paper - 11 cm x 11 cm (4.5" x 4.5") - 3 per student
  • Paper Lunch Bags - 13 cm x 27 cm (5" x 11") - 3 per student


Step 1

Prepare The Leaves

  1. Gather lots of different leaves.
  2. Place the leaves between parchment paper and put some books on top of them.
  3. Allow them to dry for one day.
  4. Laminate the leaves.
  5. Cut them out.
  6. Leave a small border around the edge so the laminate won't separate.

Step 2
  1. Use 3 paper bags in total.
  2. Place a bag on your desk with the bottom flap facing up.
  3. Fold the bag in half short end to short end.
  4. Make sure the flap is on the inside when the bag is folded.
  5. Repeat for the other 2 bags.
Step 3
  1. Place a folded paper bag on the table.
  2. Make a crisp fold about 2 cm in from the folded edge.
  3. Bend the fold back and forth 2 times.
  4. This will be the SPINE of the book.
  5. Repeat for each bag.
Step 4
  1. Stack the bags on top of each other.
  2. Make sure the edges line up.
  3. Paper clip all the bags together to hold them in place.
  4. Punch holes about 2 cm from the top and bottom on the spine fold.
  5. You will have to punch holes in each bag separately.
  6. Make sure the holes line up.
Step 5
  1. Poke an elastic band from the back to the front of one of the holes.
  2. Make sure it goes through all of the bags.
Step 6
  1. Place a stick through the loop of the elastic band at the front of the book.
  2. Repeat for the other hole to fasten the book together.

Step 7
  1. Sandwich a leaf between a piece of drawing paper and a stack of 5 pieces of newsprint paper.
  2. Use the side of a broken crayon to colour over the paper.
  3. Try adding more than one colour.
  4. Make rubbings for the other 2 leaves.
  5. Cut out the rubbings.
Step 8
  1. Place your book on the table.
  2. Open it to the first 2 pages.
    - One page of the book has a pocket.
    - The other page has a flap.
  3. Glue a leaf rubbing onto the flap so you can still open the flap.
  4. Print the name of the tree under the flap so it is hidden.
  5. Print your question on the pocket page.

Step 9
  1. Print a question about the tree on the pocket page.
  2. Print the answer to your question on a piece of 10 cm x 10 cm cardstock paper.
  3. Draw a picture to go along with your answer.
  4. Place the card inside the pocket.
  5. Make questions and answer cards for the rest of your book.
Step 10
  1. Draw a cover for your book.
  2. Share your book with others.
Illustrated Crayon Character