1. Students will be introduced to what a sculpture is and how we take two dimensional materials and turn them three dimensional. They will start by taking a rectangle and morphing it into a form by rolling and gluing it into a cylinder.
2. Students will then learn how to create a Jacob’s Ladder fold. Using two long strips of skinny paper students will glue their strips at a right angle. This can be further elaborated on in a math sense by describing the line qualities as segments. Students will fold one strip on top of the other until the ladder is formed. I have found that students have an easier time understanding this if the two strips are different colors. A resource is included with visual examples to help support the teacher instruction.
3. Students can then glue the legs to the cylindrical form and create some interesting feet.
1. Students will be introduced to the more complicated portion of origami, the creation of the beak. Following step by step with the art teacher the students will create a three dimensional form. In the process of creating the beak math can be heavily integrated through the language in describing the folding process. Terms such as right angle, quadrilateral, polygon, opposite sides, and parallel lines can be easily used to describe the steps. The directions for the beak are included at the end of the handout (download here). Omit steps 11 and 12 for a simpler beak, or a Youtube video acts as a great supplemental resource to show students as well.
2. Glue the beak to the cylinder and then encourage students to add extra details to their crazy/kooky birds. Students should include eyes and some additional fun features like some wacky head feathers. Students can explore paper manipulation to create a unique bird. The teacher can lead a short discussion about how to create symmetrical wings to complete the piece.