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Lesson Plans

origami, frustrations

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Riverrat (mselle)
Wed, 17 Feb 1999 21:50:39 -0500

I teach k-2nd grade. When doing origami I try to show a video I borrow from
the library. This is motivation. Then I pick the easiest thing to fold, a
paper cup. Almost all the students have success with that. we make them in
several sizes using different colored paper. The ones we make with white
paper are the cups the students can use to drink water from. I let them try
it. When using colored paper, we also make some simple paper flowers, with
pipe cleaner stems and insert them into the cups. The point is to be
simple. Don't try birds, etc. if there is a student who already knows how
to make a boat, bird, etc.,tell them to wait, and after you make the cups
they can show the class. When they are finished with their cups, then the
student who knows how to do the bird can demonstrate and assist those who
wish to try it. This way they at least have successfully completed one
project, and if they don't get the bird, etc., tell them they can practice
at home. (Don't spend class time trying to teach them the more difficult
objects. It's not fair to frustrate them. You've done your job teaching
them to fold the cup.) Good luck. Sincerely, Diane L.

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