I am linking up with Language Arts Classroom for The Valentine’s Blog Hop! One of my favorite things to do in the classroom is Origami. In one of my previous elementary schools, Valentines Day was changed into “Friendship Day” so that it would help the kids thinking more in terms of kindness, than romance. 🙂

Kids LOVE origami, at least my students always have. In an effort to get kids working together as a team, here is a fun way to assign groups and ‘solidify’ partnerships using one simple origami fold. Students can leave their group piece in a special place to indicate that they are working together. The pieces can then be gently undone to dissolve or change groups. If the idea intimidates you a little bit, don’t turn away yet, this idea involves only one piece of paper with a few very simple folds! Here goes…

**piece of paper per student (use a variety of colors, or have them label, design, color, or mark their papers to make them unique.**

*1**pieces go together to form a square for two partners.*

**2**

*pieces can fit together to create a 3-D hexahedron.*

**3**

*pieces fit together to create a pin wheel.*

**4**

**pieces can fit together to create a cube.**

*6**identical pieces of paper, folded the exact same way.*

**30**