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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.
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.
Technical and informational writing is the most common type of writing that students will encounter. Using this SMART board activity, teach your 10th graders the four different types of technical writing. They can then practice following complex directions to create an origami box. An evaluation report gives them the opportunity to practice their skills in a writing application.
Sixth graders explore geometry by creating foldable shapes from paper. In this origami instructional activity, 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.