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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

origami-yodaProgram Plan:

Snack on Cheetos and Star Wars fruit snacks while discussing the book.  Make some questions and Yoda answers.  Learn some simple origami.  There are soooo many possible activities in Art2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling that it was hard to narrow it down!

What Happened:

I had 4 boys and 3 moms.  While we waited for everyone to arrive, everyone got a chance to write down one question for Origami Yoda and one answer that he might give.  Then we went around the circle and everyone got to say what they thought of the book.  Then each boy got to pull a discussion question to talk about.

After the discussion, one of the kids, who is really good at origami, taught everyone how to make Origami Yoda.  I also had instructions on making light sabers, so some of the kids did that as well.  Once we all had an Origami Yoda, we took turns reading out the questions people had written for him and answering them in our best Yoda voices.  (We picked random questions and answers, so they didn’t necessarily match up.)

I had copied several pages of Art2-D2, but we didn’t really get to them.

Next month – The No 1 Car Spotter, by Atinuke

Possible questions for discussion:

  1. Was Origami Yoda real?  How do you know?
  2. Which piece of Origami Yoda’s advice did you think was the best?  Why?
  3. Were there situations where you would have come up with a different solution than Origami Yoda did?  What would you have told the character to do?
  4. A lot of the characters don’t really like Dwight.  Why do you think they listen to Origami Yoda?
  5. Many of the kids are not particularly nice to Dwight.  Why do you think he (or Origami Yoda) continues to help them?  (Didn’t use this one)
  6. Cassie needed Origami Yoda’s help  because she accidentally broke Mr. Snider’s Shakespeare head and then tried to hide it.  Have you ever tried to cover up something you did wrong?  How did it work out?  (Didn’t use this one)
  7. Why do you think Dwight made Origami Yoda to begin with?  Do you think his reasons for using Origami Yoda changed over time?   (Didn’t use this one)


Favorite activities from Art2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling:

  • Draw Origami Yoda (p. 10)
  • Make speech bubbles (p. 56-7)
  • Universal puppets (p. 67)
  • Origami light sabers (p. 75)
  • How to talk like Yoda (p. 134-5)
  • How to fake-crack your knuckles like Dwight (p. 140)
  • Pencil podracing (p. 148-52)

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