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During the time of our wetland study at Pickerington Elementary we
were able to bring Denise Fleming, author and papermaker, to our school to
work with over 450 students to pour a "paper pond" on a 4' x 5' deckle and
mold. Denise is a Caldecott winner and won the award for her book "In a
Small, Small Pond". Her newest book at the time was called "Where Once
There Was A Wood", a beautiful piece of work that describes a wooded area
being consumed by a housing development. The book invites awareness of the
cost of growth and development and suggests ways to restore areas where a
harmonious existence can be achieved between all living things.
Denise told my students the story of how the book came to be:
She was walking her dog to her favorite place, a woods in her neighborhood.
She came upon a large bulldozer sitting among the trees. She found
herself dragging her dog home as the verse of the story came pouring out of
her. The illustrations are breathtaking! And she found a way to preserve
some parts of the place for the future: the pulp that was used to make the
illustrations contains some seeds, grass, leaves, and other bits of stuff
collected during one of the last walks that Denise took in her woods.
Perhaps your students could explore a place special of their own
that is changing and collect bits of it to preserve their memories of their
>I wanted to do a paper making lesson with high school students. I thought I'd
>have them make their own paper and we would discuss the importance of recycling
>along with reduceing and reusing. After they have made plenty of paper of
>different colors and texures I'd like them to use it to construct a sculpture
>relating it to ecology of course. However I'm not quite sure how to go about
>doing this. How can I use the paper in a sculpural way? I also found a box
>of old computer wire that a computer lab was throwing out. I thought maybe they
>can use the wire as an armature and they can form the paper around it. Does
>anyone have any ideas on how I can make this into a more ecological lesson
>besides recycling? Maybe narrow the sculpure assignment down to a certain
>ecological issue? Any thoughts? ...................Ann Marie