Quadrama

Have you ever made a quadrama?  I try to fill our home school with lots of projects to make the learning as memorable as possible. . . always looking for things that stick in their minds!  We do lots of reading and I have my kids make book projects of their choice about the things they read.  Today my daughter finished reading Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne (we love the Magic Treehouse series!).  It was time for a book project!  {Oh, and to find out more about book projects and other things we do to encourage reading at our house, go take a peek at our Bookworms page.}

She decided to craft a quadrama for her project since a pyramid is the perfect shape for a book about Egyptian pyramids.  She loved the project so much though, that I predict many more quadramas in our future, whether or not pyramids have anything to do with it.

How To Make A Quadrama

To make one you need scissors, glue, and 4 pieces of card stock.  We used white so she could color her own pictures.

Start by folding a corner over so it perfectly meets up with the opposite edge.  You are making a square just like you would to begin an origami figure.  Make your crease nice and crisp.

Now cut off the extra edge carefully, making sure to create a straight cut mark.

Open it up and then fold it again, this time using the other two corners so you will have a criss-cross crease, dividing your square into 4 parts.  Again, make your crease nice and crisp.

Open it back up.  Use your scissors to cut along one of you crease marks just to the center point.  Now you can see how the two flaps can overlap each other.

Apply glue to the bottom of one flap and stick the other one down to it, creating one side of your pyramid. {NOTE: You may want to draw all of the pictures and write the words before actually gluing it all together.  It’s much easier to draw and write when you can lay it out flat on the table.  Make sure to note which sides will show and only draw on those.  When you’re done, glue it all together.}

Now you’ll just do that very same thing 3 more times.  Then glue the backs of each section together to create your quadrama.

You can color scenes from a book, make a section for different characters, or use each section to record something you’re learning about in any subject.  Life cycles of animals fit well on quadramas.  If you are studying a country you could use each section for climate, foods, holidays, and entertainment.  The possibilities are endless.  My daughter wrote up her little report and attached it to the bottom of her quadrama.

Hope you have as much fun making these as we did!

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