Origami is a great project to re enforce and encourage following directions, orderly thought processes, math terms such as fractions, symmetry, triangle, rectangle, etc., and is great for just basic manual skills. Plus it’s material requirements are simple, you need only paper. You can stretch the assignment easily with glue, scissors, additional drawing/color and all the related concepts and vocabulary.
I usually start with making a simple cup from a square then go on to making hats, boats, and puppets.
It might be hard to see exactly what has transpired here. A cup was made and decorated it was then glued onto a body form/puppet figure. I like to see students go on a adapt and change the original idea if time permits. Obviously, this student likes it.
A couple of students took big pieces of rectangular paper, taped them together to make one big piece of rectangular paper, then folded it into a larger than necessary hat. It came out great and it was fun to see them work it out on their own.
Her is Miss Trinity assisting with one of the first grades. It’s always nice to have help with the younger grades. The class was working on folding hats. It’s fun and instructive project for the younger grades. Just folding in half and following directions are a challenge at this age.
This student found some large paper at home and brought in a large version of the hat-puppet. Although it’s nice to see the large version, it’s even greater, as a teacher, to see the students take the ideas home and repeat and alter them.