Book: Perfect Square
Author: Michael Hall
Age: Preschool and School Age
Description: A perfect square gets cut and ripped and crumpled and discovers the wonders of transformation.
- Social Skills
- Prediction based upon salient clues
- Question Formulation
- Verbal Description
- While reading this book, talk about the salient features that make up the new design. Did it help to draw something to make it more obvious? Why?
- After reading the book, give kids their own paper (origami paper is best). Have them cut it, rip it, crumple it, or poke holes in it. Encourage different shapes and sizes. What can they turn it into? If struggling to come up with ideas, have them talk about the shapes they made. What do those shapes remind them of?
- In a group? Have kids rip or cut the square and then pass the pieces to a friend. Once everyone is done with their transformation, have them try to guess what each other created. Remember, adding a few salient clues is a critical part of the exercise.
- Great for modeling question formulation to gain further clues (i.e. Is it a thing or a place? What do you do with it?)
- Great for verbal description (e.g., “first it was a box with four sides, now it is a garden with lots of orange flowers and long, thin stems. )
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