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Lesson Plans

Re: Pizza cardboards(indian shields0)

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Wed, 7 Oct 1998 19:43:31 EDT

I do an Indian Shield project with 5th graders (our 5th graders do an Am.
Indian unit with their classroom teachers). We use reed, tape it into a
circle, then we lay it on a large piece of the brown/natural colored butcher
paper. We tape it to the paper, then cut the paper around the reed circle
with about a two inch border. They then slice the two inch border into strips
up to the reed, fold it over the reed and glue it (keeping the edge smooth).
They love the process and imagine the real process of stretching the leather.
They often become more oval than circular, making them seem more authentic.
We than do our designs with oil crayons, embellishing with natural yarns,
raffia and feathers. I use store-bought feathers because I'm paranoid about
potential disease brought in by found feathers.... I don't know how real a
threat that is, but have opted for the extra expense to be safe.
The kids love this project and they turn out great. For the design they
choose one special symbol to do in the center (large) and then do a border.
We sketch ideas in our art book, then sketch our idea onto the shield with
chalk, only then do we get out the oil crayons. If this is unclear I would be
glad to re-explain. This is a good substitute when you can't find the pizza
:) Laura Allan

In a message dated 10/6/98 8:08:30 AM Central Daylight Time, Gail1611

<< Congrats you found some. I've gone on a long hunt for them ! ( I can't get
them in a pizza place but in a bakery they still can be bought ) We're using
them for Native American sheids. We paint symbols and design of the tribe
choose. We add natural feathers that we all find. I bring in shells, etc from
the ocean. the kids gather dried grasses. They really are wonderful and I do
them from 1-3 grades. Have fun! It's one of my favorite projects. This year
the kids are writing their own myths to go with it. Gail >>