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Lesson Plans

Re: Totem Poles

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Judith Auslander (judith)
Wed, 15 Oct 1997 13:56:04 -0700

Yea!!!!! I've been reading all the messages and I've got to tell you -
sometimes I just can't believe it. What are we doing? We're teachers.
The best way to teach is to get the kids involved. What better way to
get involved then by creating. Maybe it's not JUST like the real ones,
but the kids are learning to appreciate another culture. Isn't that
what's important. If we are not putting down another culture, then what
is the harm. We are actually celebrating a culture by studying and
teaching it. I hope that we don't go so far at being PC that we forget
to play. Judith
Kenneth L. Poos wrote:

> Some of you guys went off into the real DEEP end. We are trying to
> give
> these kids an insight into a culture. These are only 3rd graders here.
> We don't have the resources and money to get REAL cedar so the kids
> can
> actually carve a totem pole. It would be great if we could. In the
> process of making this totem pole(with what we have), kids learn alot
> about this culture that they never knew before. Yes, the materials
> have
> no relation to the origional materials but who can get the origional
> materials on our budget(please!) I think the kids get an understanding
> of what a kachina is by making one( from what you can get) and
> learning
> about the history and culture. They know that it is made of wood, but
> we
> just want to try and duplicate it as best we can, with what we have.
> They are learning in this process. Thats what we want.
> The children may NOT have the origional materials to work with but in
> the process of actually making a totem pole, kachina,etc. they are
> really learning alot about the culture and the history.
> Sandra Poos
> Cahokia Dist#187
> Cahokia, Ill.
> Grades 1-6