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Origami for Children Video 6: How to Make an Origami Penguin

Origami for Children Video 6: How to Make an Origami Penguin
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Origami for Children Video 6, An Origami Penguin 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. It is a structured lesson showing in detail how to make an origami penguin. It's simple enough, but it does take time; and to do it well, children will need opportunity to practice.

Objective 1: Students will learn and use the following vocabulary: symmetry, line of symmetry, symmetrical, congruent.

Objective 2: Students will learn how to make an origami penguin.

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 -- perfectly square. Please see my free video at TeachersPayTeachers.com, "How to Make Free/Cheap Origami Paper."

Steps:
1. Organize the children into groups small enough to view a small video together on a computer screen. In my experience, four or five students are about the limit.
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.
4. The video can be zoomed to about 2x its normal screen size while still being viewable.

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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