|Hopping Frog and Star Box|
Before actually giving directions for the oragami, I explain the different folds to my students. Origami is a really different skill than most of my students have, and while the activity is challenging, I didn't want it to be impossible. I give the directions one step at a time to the group. I've found that patterns that are more than 8 or 10 steps long are typically too long for a group of 3-4 students to complete in a 20-30 minute speech session.
I always make sure that I can fold any pattern relatively easily before trying to give directions to my students. If I can't explain it clearly, I can't expect my kids to be able to follow the direction.
Origami is a great way to practice many math and geometry concepts (half, diagonally, triangle). The activity can be paired with the introduction of these concepts in the classroom or used to review some of these terms before the state standardized testing.
Where did I get the patterns?
Where did I get the paper?
I've been looking for small scrapbooking squares to use for some Origami sessions for added fun and color.