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Complete Video Lesson: How to Make Free/Cheap Origami Paper

Complete Video Lesson: How to Make Free/Cheap Origami Paper
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Origami for Children Video 1, How to Make Free or Cheap Origami Paper for Elementary School Classrooms.

Grades: Second Grade or Third Grade and up. Some children in the second grade lack the essential fine motor skills for the folding and cutting.

Media: This origami video for children is a QuickTime video file. (.mov). It gives the longest video for the smallest file size. They can be played on Macs with no problem. They can be played on Windows computers easily too. If it doesn't play on your Windows computer right away, then talk to your network admin, or google "How to Play QuickTime in Windows" to see some ready solutions.

Time required for children to complete this lesson: 20 minutes. The first time may require 30 minutes. The video lasts about 12 minutes. But it is structured lesson showing in detail how to make origami paper. It's simple enough, but it does take time.

Objective 1: Students will learn and use the following vocabulary: symmetry, line of symmetry, symmetrical, square, adjacent sides, opposite sides.

Objective 2: Students will learn how to make free or cheap origami-suitable square paper from ordinary paper.

Applications: An origami center is very useful as a component of a reading block for making vocabulary cards (most origami functions naturally as flash cards and greeting cards). It's best to try it first as an open-ended activity. The time pressure of a reading block schedule isn't suitable for a first try at this. But after the children learn how to do this craft, it can be incorporated into your reading block with no problem.

Materials needed:
1. Computer or other screen on which to view a small video.
2. Paper
3. Scissors for each child
4. Pencil for each child

Steps:
1. Organize the children into groups small enough to view a small video together on a computer screen. I think four students is pretty much the max.
2. Choose, or have them choose, one child in the group to be the video controller. His/her job will be to pause the video when the video teacher says to pause, and to rewind for students who want to see the previous step again.
3. Establish or review small-group working rules, then let the children watch the video. It's a self-contained lesson.

Enjoy! It's fun. Most children love origami when they can watch a step by step origami instructions video and see what to do, rather than struggling, as many primary grades students do, with origami diagrams.
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