Early this school year, I came across a tunnel book* on Pinterest that caught my attention. I pinned it thinking I have to do something like it with my students. As the last outside reading project approached, I decided to offer a tunnel book as a choice assessment project instead of the traditional book report, poster, or essay. I gave my students a link to a “How to create a Tunnel Book” video and the end projects my students turned in last week are amazing to say the least.
*What is a tunnel book you ask? Wonderopolis has a great definition and description:
Tunnel books are made up of a series of pages that are held together by folded strips of paper on each side. In fact, the sides of a tunnel book might make you think of an accordion. The overall effect of a tunnel book is to create the illusion of depth and perspective.
Tunnel books are “read” through a hole in the cover. Each page features openings that allow the reader to see through the entire book to the back cover. The images on each page work together to form a three-dimensional scene inside the book that helps to tell the story.
Here are a few of the finished projects:
Minori’s Tunnel book based on Hiroshima by John Hershey
There were a series of pictures that could be interchanged to see the impact of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and its people.
She included a summary on both of the outside pages of the tunnel book to frame the images she created.
Katie created a tunnel box that had a collage of images of Anne Frank on the inside and outside of the box.