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Organic Compounds of Life Fold Out Book

Diagram for creating pages of books. Adapted from Tracy Fuller's work. 1/27/2006.

Materials Needed:

Procedure:

  1. Each student needs to obtain 4 pieces of computer paper.
  2. They need to measure each piece 8 ½ “ X 8 ½ “.
  3. Cut the extra off--so they have a perfect square.
  4. Now each student should fold each square in half and then in half again. This should make the big square have 4 squares inside of it. See the first diagram.
  5. Make sure your creases are very sharp.
  6. Take each piece of paper separately. Unfold it and create a tab on one of the squares. See diagram. The scrap piece of paper from the tab should look like a cat with ears. Do this for all four papers. The tab just needs to be big enough to glue under the square next to it.
    Diagram for creating pages of books.
  7. Now the papers are ready to put information on it. Read directions and see the second diagram.
  8. At the top of the page put the title of the page in big letters. The four titles are: Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, and Nucleic Acids.
  9. After the title on the left of the page comes the definition.
  10. Under the definition is a list of places this compound can be found.
  11. On the right hand side is the jobs or roles of this compound.
  12. The lone bottom square is a picture where the compound can be found. For example under carbohydrates, the picture might be a soda or a piece of candy; it might even be a potato. The tricky thing is the picture needs to be drawn at a slant, because that square will be turned to touch the tab.
  13. Once the student has all four pages completed, they are ready to glue and fold.
  14. With the folds well creased, swing the picture square over on top of the tab.
  15. Using the glue stick, glue the picture to the tab.
  16. Do this for all pages.
     
  17. This part is a little tricky. Your page now looks something like a miniature stage; two walls and a floor (picture). Have the student pick one page up, put their thumb nail in the back corner and walk up the picture, bending it as they go. The picture is bent inside the book, so when the book is open it folds/pops back open at you.
  18. After all pages are bent, you need to stack them together. Make sure all closed sides are facing the same direction. I usually have nucleic acid on bottom, then proteins, then lipids, and carbohydrates on top.
  19. Use glue sticks to glue between the pages. You want the pages stuck together so it makes a complete book.
  20. Now you have a stack of pages glued together, but you need a front and back cover. Have the students cut out two squares from construction paper the size of their book.
  21. Glue the covers on and put a title on the cover such as “Organic Compounds of Life”.

Rubric

Macromolecule Foldout Book Rubric
Category 4 3 2 1 Score
Attractiveness & Organization The book has exceptionally attractive formatting and well-organized information. The book has attractive formatting and well-organized information. The book has well-organized information. The book's formatting and organization of material are confusing to the reader.  
Writing/organization Each page of the book contains a title, definition, where found, and role Only three pages of the book contains a title, definition, where found, and role Only two pages of the book contains a title, definition, where found, and role Only one page of the book contains a title, definition, where found, and role  
Content - Accuracy All facts in the book are accurate. 99-90% of the facts in the book are accurate. 89-80% of the facts in the book are accurate. Fewer than 80% of the facts in the book are accurate.  
Graphics/Pictures Graphics go well with the text and there is a good mix of text and graphics. Graphics go well with the text, but there are so many that they distract from the text. Graphics go well with the text, but there are too few and the brochure seems "text-heavy". Graphics do not go with the accompanying text or appear to be randomly chosen.  
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