My students need weaving and art supplies, including cardboard looms, needles, and assorted yarns.
Did you ever wonder what everyday life was like during the early 1800s? People living in and around the California missions often made their own clothing, rugs, and blankets. How did they do that? They were weavers!
My fourth graders live in a working class and immigrant neighborhood.
Most of them are learning English as a second language. Some have special needs, and all of them love to learn. Our Title I school is an important safe haven for my kids, who are surrounded by poverty and gang activity.
My kids are going to explore the lives of people living at the California missions and pueblos during the early 1800s by learning the art of weaving. They will design and create their own tapestries using cardboard looms and colorful yarns. Not only will this activity teach them about life at the missions, but it will also expose them to a fourth grade art standard that is often overlooked -- weaving. After everyone has completed their tapestry, we will patchwork them together to make our own classroom flag. This project will touch many academic areas -- visual arts, social studies, and even math -- where they will plan out and predict how much yarn they will need to cover a certain area. This project is a winner on many counts.
We are asking for cardboard looms, yarn, and needles. There will be enough yarn to complete a few projects throughout the year.
With your help, my students will become "California Dream Weavers." They will step into the moccasins of their Californian ancestors as they go through the painstaking process of weaving a piece of fabric.
Visual arts, social studies, fine motor skills, this project has everything to give them a memorable learning experience. My students and I thank you!
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