- The Ancient Art of Paper Folding
opportunity for research, problem solving & group skills)
student must find an example of origami that is outside their 'comfort zone'.
They must learn to fold the example. During the teaching phase the students may
refer to the instructions briefly but are not to rely on them. At the end of a
week the children are grouped in 4s and each person is to teach the rest of the
group how to make the piece.
the types of positional language you might need - fold left to right, top to bottom,
diagonal, horizontal fold, vertical fold, flip etc
another class in to be taught by your students to help build a sense of community
in the school
websites have origami pages where you can download and print templates that have
colour patterns on them. I've had children print out enough zebra templates for
their group to practice on then when the group have mastered the folding make
a 'good one' presentation
is inevitable in this situation. Take the teachable moment to discuss options
for working through frustration in order to achieve success.
simply increases my resolve to succeed!'
mark of a person in what they do the 4th and 5th times they fail.'
a wall display in the school foyer, in your window or anywhere else it can be
seen with a reference to 'moving outside your comfort zone'
the children blog the experience with reference to 'learning new things' and 'extending
their comfort zone'
the class teacher this is a great way to increase your knowledge of origami as
the kids do most of the work and you can learn to fold the most impressive examples
ready to astound next year's class :)
and the Thousand Paper Cranes - This is a deeply moving book that I read every
year on the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. It seems to me that mainstream
media seems to sweep this event under the carpet.
you are tempted to fold the 1000 paper cranes, it takes too long for one class
to do it. Have your class learn a simple crane and then invite other classes in
to learn how to fold the crane.