In the fall, when I taught the radial symmetry project, students did pretty well but I felt like the unit was missing something. This week, the day that we finished practicing the basic origami folds (which I taught completely under the document camera), I showed them how to make an origami bookmark. We then took it to the next level and made an emoji bookmark on yellow paper.
These bookmarks only took about 20 minutes (even after the practice bookmark) especially if someone did a really simple smile....but it was great because it gave them something they could take home the same day. Last year and the year before, my students would've went crazy over 'emoji' bookmarks, this year, they were just 'meh'......My favorite ones are the made up ones.
Practice folding a corner bookmark. Demonstrate how to trace a circle on to the square bookmark, and cut off the corners without cutting off the entire fold. If you cut the entire fold at the top, the bookmark will fall apart, as many of my students learned the hard way and I didn't give them new paper, they just had to tape it back, oops. I learned how to make the bookmarks with this video.
Use paper scraps to cut out eyes, tongues, etc and a black sharpie to draw on face details. I also encouraged them to draw their face on the newsprint practice bookmark to 'plan' it out. I just had the small paper scraps in a bin. The yellow paper is copy paper so it is a little thinner than construction paper. I also cut a few red and lime green squares so kids could make an emoji that wasn't yellow, but a lot of them wanted to make the poop emoji, but I wasn't sure how they could do that with the round templates that I provided, so I just told them they could try to figure that out at home.
square yellow paper (we used 8.5X8.5)
small red, blue, green, black, white scraps