The Shape Snacker: a Bite of Origami and Math

Alan Russell
Proceedings of Bridges 2015: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2015)
Pages 541–548 Workshop Papers


Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, seems to naturally fall at the intersection of art and mathematics. This workshop shares a traditional origami model which was repurposed for mathematics instruction in the elementary classroom. Participants will learn to fold the traditional candy dish and become familiar with the Shape Snacker which is a candy dish modified for classroom implementation to study shape and size with students in the second grade. We will then get an overview of other modifications for several other classrooms. Aside from printable materials, participants in the workshop will get to brainstorm further uses of these models for their own classrooms and goals.