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I did something when I was student teaching with third graders that they
thought was a lot of fun, but it was some years ago so I'll just give you
the basics. Get some colored toothpicks (or dye some plain ones) and
tagboard or matboard. I showed examples (from library books) of the
porcupine quill decorations on Native American clothing, bags, etc. Then I
drew some of the patterns on the chalkboard. The kids then drew patterns
with pencil on the matboard and cut and glued the toothpick "quills" into
thier patterns. They cut easily with scissors. The more advanced kids
could cut to fill a shape, and others were just happy to outline their
shapes. This took about 3-4 classes to complete.
>I am going to be student teaching at an elementary
>school soon and I know that they are going to be
>working on a Native American theme...so I was
>wondering if anyone has some good ideas on projects
>around this theme-(K-5) thanks for all your help so
>far...thanks in advance.. :)
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