This is really fun ESL lesson plan using Origami to get the students speaking. I have just finished using it with my class and I now have an army of really cute Pikachus like the one above, 80 swords, lots of swans and some Mexican sombreros! The students really enjoyed teaching each other how to make things using origami.
To give the students plenty of practice in speaking and listening.
To learn words associated with origami.
To practice presenting in front of the class in English.
Before this class you must either buy lot's of origami paper(four for each student plus a few extras) or if you don't have the time to do that you could just give your students A4 paper and ask them to cut it into squares.
Some coloured pens for decoration.
Explain the meaning of the following words/phrases:
Fold in half
Mountain fold (this just means to fold the paper in half and have the crease pointing upwards, as if it is a mountain.)
Valley fold (Like a mountain fold except the crease is facing down like a valley.)
For this activity you need to choose one origami model for each group to make. This website has some great easy to follow descriptions. I chose the Pikachu, the sword, the swan and the sombrero. These all worked fell and were easy to follow. Each group in my class has access to a computer but if this is not possible print out the instructions before starting.
The group should then write out a set of instructions that they can use to explain to the rest of the class how to make their origami model. Whilst they are doing this I asked each group to explain it to me to check it was clear.
Each group should then come to the front of the class and explain to everyone how to make their origami model. The rest of the class should follow their instructions to make their own model. Alternatively if your class is shy and you trust them not to use their native language you could make new groups made up of one person from each old group. Each person would then take turns explaining how to make their model to their new group.