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Lesson Plans

Re: Native American project

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Michelle Vidro (ggoose)
Fri, 31 Oct 1997 06:29:50 -0700

How about showing some cave paintings, and then doing your own. I did this
with first graders and it was a big success.

Cave painting:

1. Cut up some brown grocery bags into large sheets,like 12"x12" or whatever.

2. Have kids crumble them up really tight, then uncrumble them. This is
their cave wall.

3. Put some white paint in a spray bottle. They can put their hand down on
the paper and spray, leaving handprint as negative shape. (An object can be
used instead of hand.) Explain how they used to put paint in their mouths
to spray.

4. Then using brushes and a limited palette (explain that making colors was
very time consuming because they had to gather flowers and such to grind
into pigment) have them paint "symbols" of our time. Refer to the symbols
that they painted, as in animals before a hunt, etc.

That's it! Good luck!

>A former student of mine who is studying to be an elementary teacher is in
>need of an idea for an art project that deals with Native Americans.
>She'll will be working with 4th and 5th graders for an hour max.
>Any ideas?
>Thanks, Sally