Sign Language Papier Mache’ Hands

What do you with seniors who have senioritis and have already checked out? You let them play with tins of watered down glue and paper. It’s simply amazing how a bunch of seniors instantly revert to elementary school kids as there hands get covered in a ooey gooey substance such as papier mache glue. This lesson was particularly fun because I added in the gesture vs. sign language aspect. I started with a Prezi explaining how sign language is different than gestures, then I had them all show me their first initial of their first name in sign language. After we started a group game broken into tables; students as a group had to come up with a simple sentence, no more than 5 words, decided who was going to do what and present it to the class for us to guess. Think sign-language charades. Below you will find the Unit Summary.

Unit Summary: Students will learn about the history of paper mache and how it first originated in the Chinese military. They will then learn about sign language-and how we communicate with our hands. Then they will move on to learning how to create a Papier Mache hand. Students will work in groups helping one another start the hands on each others before cutting them off with a scissors and fastening them to a cardboard platform-then finishing the papier mache and decorating as they would like with magazine clippings.

Prezi on Papier Mache




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