One of ways to produce captivating resources in teaching is to “access your inner child”. It’s hard to say when I started ‘messing about with paper’ but, whenever it began, it has remained a fascination to this day. I am not alone in this: many of the children with whom I work also share a love of paper forms.
Here’s an idea I have used many times in my teaching. I think the original material came from John Pattern at Manchester University.
The diagram below shows how to make a simple “origami” book. They can be made in many sizes but it is best to start with a piece of paper that is at least A3. No glue is required and only one cut. Just follow the diagrams and you will end up with a small, six-page book.
I have used this idea as a display piece at the end of, say, a unit on writing poetry. Students choose their six favourite poems and re-draft them into this small anthology. The books are then displayed in such a way that encourages readers to read them. I usually make a “washing line” and hang or peg the books to it. Then students are encouraged to read each others’ books and provide feedback to the poet.
Below is a pdf version of one such origami book template. The template is designed to create ‘poetry books’ but might serve as a starting point for developing your own ideas.
Why not try using these books for revision or as an ‘end-of-unit’ assessment piece? Whatever you decide to use them for, give them a go. You won’t be disappointed with the results.
Origami Book Template.pdf (A3 paper)
Update: for another origami book form see here.