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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.
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.
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.
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 create origami paper cranes and donate their works to local hospitals in this middle to high school lesson that can be used in a Language Arts or Art classroom. The lesson includes a resource link but does not have specific instructions about crane construction.
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 investigate the different aspects of Japanese culture. In this multicultural lesson, students use suggested Internet sites to locate information about Japanese cooking and origami. Students use recipes to prepare a Japanese dish and share it with their classmates. Students also complete origami shapes by using designs found on the Internet.