Do these look familiar to you? If your students are anything like mine, you're discovering these darling creations all over your classroom - in desks, on the floor, fluttering past your head.... ;-)
So...why not harness your students' natural paper-folding tendencies to create origami?
Last week our team welcomed Storigami artist and storyteller Christine Petrell Kallevig to our school. She was pretty awesome - demonstrating to the students how to fold a series of origami figures along with a story. A hat transformed into smaller and smaller kites and then into a crane....... A pond morphed into a turtle and - poof! A box!
My sixth graders particularly liked her modular origami - colorful figures created using multiple component papers. Each child can create one simple shape and then join them together into a larger object. Isn't that red, white, and blue swan fantastic?!
If you're looking for instructions, video, and other ideas, the Origami Resource Center website is terrific.
Star Wars origami anyone?