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For the 11th year, fifth grade students from Our Lady of Refuge School (Orchard Lake, Mich.) are sharing their paper bag puppets.

Carol Balash, Our Lady of Refuge School fifth grade teacher, has led this activity for many years. "The paper bag puppet project is a culminating activity for our Life Unit. . . . Children select an animal of their choice, conduct research about their animal, and create a puppet using a paper bag as the base. Fur, feathers, felt, pipe cleaners, paint, construction paper and imagination help to make the puppets look authentic. With the puppet, students assume the role of their animal as they present an oral report summarizing what they have learned from their research."

"Paper Bag Puppets" runs through Aug. 19 in the Orientation Theatre at the MSU Museum. To see real examples of many of the species that inspired these puppet creations, visit the Hall of Animal Diversity on the second floor.