These sculptures are a wonderful one-day project. 2nd graders started with a paper bag and cut strips about half-way from the opening (the bag is closed) to the bottom. They made made seven cuts altogether. Then they opened the bag carefully. The next part makes everyone nervous because students are worried that they're going to ruin their projects. We squeezed and twisted the bag between the bottom and the slits to make the trunk. Next, we twisted each and every strip sticking out to make a branch. This took perseverance, as there are many branches. I just reminded kids that it's hard at first, but they get faster and better the more branches they do. Finally, kids ripped leaves from tissue paper and glued them on.
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