I did a lesson about kente cloth/vertical line patterns with my first
We read Anasi the Impossible. Looked at the patterns in the book and the
patterns on the clothing. Talked about the Ashanti (pardon me if I get any
of this wrong!) Looked at a book called Master Weavers of Ghana. Then using
water color paper (but I also did this with heavy white drawing paper) The
students marked off vertical lines with masking tape. In the unmasked
sections, they used a white crayon to create a pattern, then they used a
water color wash (yes...first graders can understand using water color
wash!!!) They turned out fantastic! Big tip...wait for them to completely
dry before removing tape. Also, once tape was removed, students could wash
those sections as well.
I also did a lesson with Kindergarten about suns (mandolas) red, yellow and
orange. I read an African folk tale called, Gift of the Sun. Students used
cut red, orange, and yellow construction and tissue papers to create suns.
(also exploring circles and working on fine motor skills as had to cut out