Sadako's Origami Cranes for Peace


** Update: this new edition of the pack was published in the Teach Secondary Resource Guide 2019 with an outstanding review (see**

Sadako’s Cranes for Peace is a teaching pack that enables primary and secondary students to learn the inspiring story of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl with terminal leukaemia caused by radiation from the Hiroshima atomic bomb, who became world-famous for folding 1600 origami cranes.

The issues are explored through several cross-curricular lesson activities, including storytelling, creative writing, discussions (including the meaning of peace), and of course origami! The pack comprises various lesson possibilities, with relevance to English (literacy & spoken language), History, RE, Citizenship, Art & Design (origami), Maths (symmetry), SMSC and Prevent.


'A remarkable lesson pack… touching and poignant resources to engage students in thinking about world peace… make(ing) the experience of war feel personal, highly relevant and unforgettable… Beautiful and full of grace, an ideal resource for Philosophy for Children… effortlessly links peace and global education with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM)’ - John Dabell, Teach Secondary Resources Guide 2019 (see

Other endorsements include:

‘Today I taught a lesson to 16 year 7 EAL students who speak very little English all about Sadako Sasaki and Hiroshima. The lesson culminated in the entire class making paper cranes and generally loving life’ - Secondary school teacher

‘It was engaging… fun and educational, very enjoyable’ - Year 8 student, Sturminster Newton High School

‘It’s a lot of fun’ - Year 5 student, Seymour Road Primary Academy (Manchester)

The pack has also received a five-star rating from the TES Resources team


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Created: Jul 14, 2011

Updated: Mar 22, 2019

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