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Students demonstrate the ability to use paper folding, by understanding the Japanese culture and some of the reasons why Origami was started.
Origami is a traditional Japanese paper craft. Learn how to make a paper crane with this step-by-step video.
Students investigate genetics and evolution of species. They simulate the breeding of birds using origami birds. In addition, using dice they introduce genetic variation into the species.
Origami is an excellent way to combine Japanese culture, art, and geometric shapes into one engaging lesson plan! Scholars begin by listening to the story Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and learn the origin of the word origami, geometry, and symmetry. Learners watch a short intstructional video depicting a simple origami project and locate shapes they recognize. Next, they practice origami themselves using the intructional prompts. Consider doing this yourself on a document camera, or having an experienced artist come speak to the kids about this practice. As learners fold, they pay attention to familiar shapes. There is a worksheet to solidify geometric concepts, and the lesson plan suggests taking pictures of the origami stages to create a PhotoStory presentation.
Young scholars engage in a lesson that is concerned with the assembly of origami folding paper projects. They practice creating different shapes or creatures with the folding of paper. Students are led through a guided practice before attempting their own.
Second graders create Johnny Appleseed using origami. In this geometry lesson plan, 2nd graders classify geometric figures. After reading Johnny Appleseed, students create a 3-D image of Johnny Appleseed using origami. Resources are included.
Students play with origami. In this geometry skills lesson, students use Internet sources to explore origami. Students apply geometry skills to create origami figures.
Sixth graders explore geometry by creating foldable shapes from paper. In this origami lesson, 6th graders discuss a brief history of the art form and practice creating simple geometric shapes with origami paper. Students share their work with classmates and write their observations in an origami journal.
Make origami ducks with your class to reinforce geometry concepts and vocabulary; develop fine motor and visual translation skills; and enrich study of Japanese culture, the pond habitat, or migration. Create a whole group "worksheet" about shapes and symmetry with a word bank. Links to instructions for the duck folds are difficult to follow. Look online for other models and practice, practice, practice; you'll need to master the folds to support children during independent practice.
Students take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas. Then they select and evaluate a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas of origami. Students also identify the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.
Fourth graders use an origami design to make a set of cubes. Individually, they identify the characteristics of different quadrilaterals as they are folding the paper into cubes. To end the lesson, they make a new design with new origami shapes.
This video shows you and your class how to make an origami hat. Why would you do such a thing? If you think about it origami builds eye hand coordination, is fun, is culturally significant, and this hat, is full of measurable angles. Three-dimensional representation of a flat surface... sounds like geometry!
What would be better than a class full of quiet engaged children? Perhaps this origami video will be the quiet activity you've been looking for. Your class will watch and learn how to fold an origami eagle. A great skill to have when funds are low and scrap paper is all around.
Origami is not the easiest craft to master, but kids love it! This clip demonstrates all the moves needed to fold a paper flamingo. It can be used at an early finisher work station, to build dexterity and listening skills, or as a reward lesson for class points earned. John Waters made pink flamingos really cool, now you can too!
Ah what a dreary world this would be, if not for the lovely blooms. Construct a paper tulip with the help of this origami video clip. This flower folding technique could come in handy for making Mother's Day gifts to send home, paper flowers for an art project, or to hand out at school functions.
Students develop origami skills. In this origami lesson, students watch a demonstration on how to do origami. Students then try origami themselves.
Origami presents a beautiful way to express and test geometric and algebraic concepts.
Young scholars create paper objects called origami. They practice shaping different types and colors of paper into objects while practicing patience and concentration.
Students make origami frogs to race. After the race they measure the distance raced, collect the data, enter it into a chart. They then find the mean, median, and mode of the data. Next, students enter this data into Excel at which time they make a pictograph.
Art and creative writing can go hand-in-hand. Throw origami in the mix to make it all the more dynamic. Fourth graders study-up on Japanese culture, make origami butterflies, discuss geometric shapes, and then write a haiku poem. Wow, now that's a busy day!