Origami Teacher Resources

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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!
Learners demonstrate the ability to use paper folding, by understanding the Japanese culture and some of the reasons why Origami was started.
Using origami paper birds, your biology class will experiment with mutations and natural selection to determine wing position, length, and width. It would be helpful to provide a worksheet to go with the activity that includes a procedure for creating the birds and for the natural selection exercise. Use this memorable simulation to enhance your evolution curriculum. 
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! 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 suggests taking pictures of the origami stages to create a PhotoStory presentation.
Students 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, 2nd graders classify geometric figures. After reading Johnny Appleseed, students create a 3-D image of Johnny Appleseed using origami.  Resources are included.
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.
Students play with origami. In this geometry skills lesson, students use Internet sources to explore origami. Students apply geometry skills to create origami figures.
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.
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.
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.
A samurai helmet can be both menacing and beautiful. Your class will learn about the artistry found in Japanese artifacts. They'll use origami and brightly colored paper to create miniature helmets, just like those worn by the samurai of old. Some great extras can be found on this website.
Students participate in a contrived natural selection simulation in which they build and modify simple paper airplanes. They study divergent and convergent evolution and how it is isolated in sub-populations.
This one problem concentrates on the important concept of dividing a whole number by a unit fraction. Here, young mathematicians use pictures they draw to help answer this problem. Insight into the connection between multiplication and division is also an important topic covered here. 
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.
Students create paper objects called origami. They practice shaping different types and colors of paper into objects while practicing patience and concentration.
Students discover the importance of training and practicing by making origami dogs, one group with instructions and the other without them. They discover they could make the dogs faster by having instructions and by practicing. Students determine that the higher the productivity the greater the income.
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.

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