Origami Mobile

Source: Grace

Type: Investigation

Theme: Art

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Learning Target: Students will learn to attend to precision and develop perseverance for solving complex algorithms.


For groups of five or fewer.

  1. Use at least one hanger or stick to hang the origami models. Stabiles are OK.
  2. Models
    1. Model must be mathematical or based in science, physics or engineering. Consider using large paper. Each student will produce one model
    2. Plan mobile construction. Create at least two prototypes. 
    3. No cutting. Tape or glue may only used to support string or monofilament line.
  3. Add string or line.
    1. Find the balance point of your model.
    2. Make a small hole at that location.
    3. Tie a knot in line.
    4. Glue knot hidden beneath the balance point hole.
  4. With other members of your group, tight off and hang origami on mobile. Add one small drop of glue to secure.


  1. In two paragraphs, explain how your mobile involves mathematics, equations, and/or algorithms.
  2. Documentation of process.
  3. Photographs.
    1. Entire mobile
    2. close up of their model.
Exit Ticket
CCSS Math Practice
  • I can make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • I can attend to precision.
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
  • Structure and Function


Grace's Mobile.
Melia's mobile.
Roman's mobile.