In the book "Art from many hands," written by Jo Miles
Schuman, there is a chapter on arts of the Caribbean
Islands. It talks about seed necklaces of Puerto
Rico, Island Maracas, and Steel Haitian Designs. The
necklaces are made of seeds, spices, and other natural
materials strung together in different arrangements.
It says to soak the seeds that are too hard in warm
water if needed. The maracas are traditionally made
of gourds that are carved and of painted. Of course,
papier mache is the best alternative for student
projects. Cardboard is used in place of steel for
student Haitian steel designs. Students cut a
silhouette design from cardboard and rub it with brown
shoe polish. This book is full of ideas for
multi-cultural lessons. I'm sure you could find it at
one of the major book stores. Hope this helps.
--- Laura Carey <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hi all, I am relatively new to this site. But have
> been searching through
> old posts for days now...and it has been great.
> O, here's my question...for the past 4 years
> and the other
> specialists in my buildings have gotten together
> have planned a
> "Cultural Day" We make sure we pick countries or
> cultures that are not
> really covered by the other classroom
> the way we are K-6)
> schools in Ohio. I am having difficulty coming up
> with projects that
> relate to the Caribbean Islands...
> Usually we work a month on lessons in our
> classes and have a 1
> dya event with stations, herding through 14
> classes...quite exhausting but
> so fun and different!
> So...anyone have any great ideas? I am coming up
> empty handed on the net
> and in the books I have and the library...
> Thanks so much!
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