This post was originally from 5/22/14
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Perfect Square by Michael Hall is a little picture book. The artist/illustrator takes us through a week in a square's life.. It gets torn, crumpled, poked, cut, etc. After each manipulation, it gets turned into something wonderful, like a fountain, or a bridge.
I recently read this book to my K-2 after school art enrichment class. We had about 20 minutes left, and this ended up being a perfect mini-lesson. We read the book. We each got a square piece of construction paper and cut, tore, and poked it for about 5 minutes. Then, I asked students to "play" with their scraps like they would play with blocks. What could you build? After 5-10 minutes of that (clearing away after each design) students glued their final piece down. It was kind of cute, the kids had fun, and the scraps made a huge mess.