Nekoosa's Largest
Origami Paper Crane


(We, the 4th graders of Nekoosa, Wisconsin, would like to claim this as "Wisconsin's Largest Paper Crane."  If you know of one in Wisconsin that is larger, please e-mail.)


      Every year the 4th graders of Alexander Middle School in Nekoosa, Wisconsin make 1000 paper cranes in an assembly line style in the "Crane Folding Factory," so folding paper cranes is not new to Wisconsin.  One day, a couple of students finished early in art class, and Mrs. Skibba gave them a large piece of paper, they decided to fold a large paper crane with a wingspan measuring about 18".  One student in room 405 then made the statement that it would be fun to make the world's largest paper crane.  We checked it out on the Internet and found out this.  Click here to see the United States largest origami paper craneClick here to see the world's largest paper crane.  Considering the fact that we did not have either a dome or engineers to assist in the creation of such a big project, a decision was made to try to fold Wisconsin's largest paper crane.  We could not find a record for Wisconsin, so we would like to claim it.  We do know that it is Nekoosa's largest paper crane.  Click here to do some fun math with the statistics that were taken the day of folding the "Giant Crane."


Thank you to parents who donated rolls of paper.  We measured 25 feet of paper and taped 12 strips together to make a 25 ft. x 25 ft. square to fold our giant paper crane.  Here the students from room 405 help to tape two strips together at a time.

Students rally together at the beginning of the day before the crane starts to be folded.

The paper started to get so large, we had to move from the hallway to the multi-purpose room to tape the paper.  It took all of the students from room 401 to assist in taping the monstrous square.

Here students are making the first diagonal fold.  Then they had to open the crane back up and fold it diagonally the opposite direction.  Finally this group had to flip the paper over before the next group of students came to help.

It took many students to get this humongous piece of paper flipped over. 

The next step was to fold the paper horizontally, open it up and fold it horizontally in the opposite direction.

This next step was quite the challenge, requiring the students to take off their shoes and crawl into the paper to make sure it was squished and flattened properly.

Still working on squishing and flattening it.

We had to make the first kite fold and then flip the paper over.  As you can see, climbing into it was again a necessity.

A perfect kite fold on both sides.  There were several more steps before finally making all of the folds.

A group of four students gave up their movie time to come and help hang the "giant crane."  It's final measurements were a 25 ft. wingspan, a head height of 12 ft., and a tail height of 13 feet.

Way to go!!! It is hanging.

The "giant crane" was available to view in the school from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9 during Parent/Teacher Conferences.  It will also be available to view during Nekoosa's Hometown Christmas Celebrations on Dec. 1.


Giant Crane Math

Click here for a printable version

Average = adding both of the times together and then dividing by 2

Job # of People Time 1 Time 2 Average
Diagonal Fold #1 18 11:45 11:49 ?
Diagonal Fold #2 15 1:16 1:17 ?
Flip 15 12:06 12:38 ?
Horizontal Fold #1 9 1:08 1:23 ?
Horizontal Fold #2 11 2:25 2:14 ?
Squisher/Flattener 8 4:04 4:06 ?
Kite Fold #1 11 2:38 2:54 ?
Kite Fold #2 11 1:35 1:32 ?
Bender 5 :49 :50 ?
Alligator Opener #1 13 2:12 2:16 ?
Bender 5 :30 :32 ?
Alligator Opener #2 13 2:09 2:11 ?
Winger #1 6 :54 :53 ?
Winger #2 6 :23 :23 ?
Finishers 9 2:36 2:40 ?
Hangers 4 30:02 24:45 ?


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Turn the answers in to Mrs. Hartman for a prize.