Lesson start ideas | Give a creative idea how to begin a lesson |

Which subject | Mathematics |

What age group | Year or Grade 5 |

What topic | shapes |

Quantity | 1 |

Any other preferences |

Welcome, students! Today, we are going to learn about shapes in a fun and creative way. Can anyone tell me what shapes they know?

(Allow time for students to answer)

Great job! We will be learning about those shapes and more today. But first, we will begin with a fun activity. We are going to make origami shapes!

Origami is a Japanese art of paper folding. The word ‘origami’ comes from ‘ori’, meaning to fold, and ‘kami’, meaning paper. In this activity, we will fold paper to create different shapes.

Here are the materials you will need:

- Square pieces of paper (preferably coloured)
- A flat surface to work on

Do you know what shape the paper you will work on is? It’s a square! A square has four equal sides and four corners that meet at 90-degree angles.

Let’s start folding!

(Provide step-by-step instructions for making a square shape)

The triangle is another shape that we will learn to make. A triangle has three sides and three corners that meet at 60-degree angles.

Let’s try folding a triangle!

(Provide step-by-step instructions for making a triangle shape)

Great job, everyone! We just made two shapes using origami. Did you notice any similarities or differences between the shapes we made? What other shapes can we make using origami?

By learning shapes through origami, we can have fun and be creative while understanding mathematical concepts. Remember to keep practicing and exploring shapes in your everyday life.