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 https://prezi.com/p/rc7m0wgrfzh0/