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Lesson Plans

Re: Totem Poles

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Kenneth L. Poos (klpoos)
Sun, 12 Oct 1997 22:52:23 -0500

Quite a few years ago I made Totem Poles with my 6th grade classes, as
they were studying the northwest indians and I was asked to help.
I went to Baskin and Robins( ice cream) and asked them to save all
their empty containers for me as I was doing an art project in school.
They were nice enough to do this for me. For each Totem Pole we used 6
to 8 containers. We stacked them on top of each other, and I taped them
with duct tape. We used egg cartons for eyes and taped them on the
container, as well as cardboard for features which were taped onto the
containers. We looked at reproductions, images, and symbolism and of
course, the culture. All the features were cut out and taped on.
We used Paris craft, gause with plaster of paris, to go over everything
on the Totem Pole. After it was dry we painted it with colors used by
the northwest indians on their totem poles. I used acrylic paint. You
could also use tempera paint. When we were done it looked like a real
totem pole.
Some of those teachers still have their Totem Poles that we did a long
time ago to show other classes.
Sandy Poos
Cahokia Dist#187
Cahokia, Ill.