Free Lesson Plan: Origami Projects

Title/Description: Origami

Level: Elementary School

Duration: One 45-minute class period

Historical Overview: Japan

Goals and Objectives: To introduce sculpting with paper

Vocabulary: Origami – the art of paper folding

Materials: Various square Japanese papers, glue


Day 1

  1. Anticipatory Set: Show examples of origami and books of images of different types.
  2. Demonstrate folds.
  3. Have students follow along.
  4. Review vocabulary.


Individual projects can include: Boat with drawing of ocean and island in background or little people on board, flowers, make pop-up book, vase, cat, dog, house in yard, frog with fly on tongue on lily pad with flowers, house with drawn or 3-D furniture, heart with Valentine’s day or mother’s day message, animals in farm, animals at zoo, crane with 3-D shredded paper nest, etc.


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