I know there are a lot of websites that can explain the steps, but is there one that has worked for you??? I would like to do this activity but would like to use a proven method!
I received the following information from teachers in Virginia. Thanks to each of them for the help!
I have taught this lesson several times with my adult class. Here is the power point presentation made by one of my student teachers from 2009. Within the power point is a movie. When you get to the Make Your Own video slide click on the picture and it links you to the video. I usually get the bags of shredded paper from our Special Education Office or the main office to use verses having the kids tear up new paper. If you want to add color you can throw in pieces of construction paper or use food coloring. Be careful with mixing different types of colored paper because it will just turn into a brown mess!
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(See attached powerpoint)
Just shred paper ( newspaper, construction paper or computer paper- I make them recycle already used paper and throw in some construction paper for color), soak in water (you can add liquid starch if you want), and mix in a blender. I made screen for my students and have them place water in a tub with some of the paper mixture, we did the screens in and when you lift them from the water, you have a thin layer of paper. The easiest way to get the paper out is to have small pieces of woodthat fit the screens. You laythe wood in the screen, flip it over and tap the screen to release the paper, and then let it dry on the piece of wood.
Ward's Science has awesome papermaking kits. However, you can reduce costs greatly by doing it yourself. You need light weight scrap paper- have students tear up into manageable pieces. You will also need some sort of cloth or fabric to pour your paper onto to allow the excess liquid to drain off and give your paper time to cure. Don't use newspaper. Don't use cardstock or dark colored paper if you want the student to attempt to write on it. Card stock makes the blender work overtime and dark colored paper clouds the mixture and makes it difficult to see what you are writing. You can of couse use dark colors for borders for collages, pictures, etc. Many uses for the paper you make. The mixture will probably "smell" to a certain extent, and you can relate this to the smells from a paper processing facility- eewww!!!! Ask the students for their guesses as to why paper processing facilities smell bad. You can add this into the lesson as well as time permits. You will need a good high powered blender fill about halfway full with the scrap paper and add 1/2 cup of water to start. Blend paper and water on high power until you get a thick slurry. If it is too thick, add additional water to proper consistency- trial and error sometimes until you get the hang of it. Once you have a good consistency that holds together, lay your fabric on top of the screen (you may want to put newspaper under the screen to catch the excess liquid so it doesn't make a mess. and some type of screen to pour the paper onto so that it can cure over night. If you want to give your paper something fancy, have students collect flowers, grasses, seeds, etc, and place them in the paper after you pour it, this secures the greenery/flowers so they stay put once the paper dries. You can also use this as an activity to create seed starter "grow" cards. Place flower seeds in the paper pulp after you pour it on the fabric, and then once dry, students can give as gifts to teachers, students, etc.
Dedicate a blender to this process and don't use it for anything else. Clean the blender throughly and as soon as possible after you finish. It is hard to get the product out if allowed to dry in the blender. You may want to rinse blender after each batch to help keep the blender forks clean and in good running condition.
If you have an old screen door or an old frame and window screen wire, attach with a staple gun, you can easily create your own so that you don't have to spend much on the frame. You could also have students make their own small frames with scrap lumber, screen wire and a staple gun.
This was posted many years ago, and the ppt does not show open. If anyone has information to add or a ppt could you please share again?
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