Black and White Stripes

a collection of class projects
Students cut out paper forming a black and white zebra stripe pattern. Look at images of zebras and discuss how the pattern works to protect the heard.
This is a great introduction to scissor skills and builds on pattern development. You can use regular scissors or "crazy" scissors with a decorative cutting edge. The white paper is the paper the students cut, and it is 1/3 smaller than the base black paper. Students must cut at least 5 stripes. I have also used this project as the base for an African shield project.  Vocabulary to introduce: negative and positive space, rhythm and pattern