Origami Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is origami? A text lesson provides a definition and history for students and an activity allows them to see for themselves. Related lessons and activities are provided for future instruction.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what origami is
  • outline a history of origami
  • create an example of origami


1 hour


  • Play dollar bills

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Key Vocabulary

  • Origami


  • Begin by displaying several examples of origami for the class.
  • Ask the students if they know what is on display, writing their ideas on the board.
  • Now have them read the introduction, The Art of Paper Folding, Origins of Origami, and Who Made Origami and Why Did They Make it? sections of the text lesson History of Origami.
  • Did anyone correctly guess that these are examples of origami?
  • Pass around the examples and allow the students to examine them.
  • Now ask the class to read the remainder of the text lesson.

Discussion Questions

  • What types of figures are common in origami?
  • How does origami teach mathematical principles?

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