Hands on Math
Proud folders!

We are all so excited about the new Origami Crane mobile hanging in the lunchroom.  Many different students from different grades worked on it at different times.  Once several students learned to fold the cranes, they invited others to come and they taught them. This continued.

We asked Tim, the Engineer to help us hang it.  He climbed a very high ladder and hung it for all to see....right in the lunchroom!



I never set out to become an Origami expert...it happened because of children.  I realized long ago that children are fascinated by this ancient art and that they learn so much while they're having fun.  Over time, I've changed the way I teach Origami.  I used to show children step-by-step how to make things.  Now I begin with a problem-solving approach.  

I like to show children a finished model and ask them what they can determine about how it is made.  By looking at a finished project and working backwards to figure out how something is made, children develop strategies for solving other problems.  In the teaching world this is called "Backwards Mapping."  If we look at where we want to go and work backwards, we can figure out the first step and the

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Hard work is rewarding!
next and so on.

Children often ask me who taught me Origami.  They are suprised to learn that I have only learned from books!  I look mostly at the diagrams, and occasionally look at the written instructions.  If your child is interested in Origami, I encourage you to get books from the library or bookstore, to visit websites and to just start folding!

I made my own paper by cutting magazine pages, old calendars or wrapping paper into squares.  I like to do it like the example in Method 2 on this page: http://www.origami-resource-center.com/cut-a-square.html

I tell children that if instructions seem too confusing...they just might not be very well-written!  Check out different books.  Some are better than others.

You can click on the power point I made.  It shows how to fold a Hexaflexagon.  If we haven't made it in class yet, you may want to hold off and we'll do it together.

Here are some sites to visit:



Snowflakes 1
Step by step instructions board
Fold carefully!
Studying the model