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Lesson Plans

Navajo sandpaintings

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Tue, 27 Oct 1998 22:31:45 EST

My 5th graders study Native American cultures and last year I attempted a
sandpainting lesson. I wasn't 100% thrilled with the lesson and am looking
for suggestions to improve it.

I have several NA symbol sheets printed up & laminated in a packet. I have
visuals of Navajo medicine man sandpaintings and we discussed radial balance,
symmetry, focal point, and the use of organic shapes to represent ideas....
the difference between the genuine ones and copies....had the kids create a
story or event related to their lives and use a limited number of symbols in a

Next the designs are transfered to a board and glue is added to the lines,
sand is sprinkled over them, and they watercolor over the lines. Other than
pre-mixing colors of sand, how else can this be done?

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