This is the project my 4th graders are working on at this very moment. In this lesson we discuss weaving, Kente cloth, radial balance, patterns and colors as symbols. Not a bad spread for a project that also keeps their attention. Kids love weaving. This is my second year doing the project and both years my students have been reluctant at first but once they get into it…collaboration, focused work, creativity, pretty much everything good is just spilling out of their little fingers. Amazing. Have I mentioned I lovvvve my weaving unit?
SWBAT explain fiber art SWBAT identify Kente cloth and discuss it’s relevance in Ghana SWBAT identify and explain radial balance SWBAT create a pattern SWBAT demonstrate correct weaving techniques
Proceedure: From start to finish this project takes 3-4, 50 minutes lessons
I usually read the book The Spider Weaver. I also have a PPT on patterns, fiber arts and Kente cloth to accompany as an introduction to this lesson. Year 1 I had the kids string up their paper plate looms. I had precut the plates with slits but it still took an entire lesson to get them all to have looms ready to weave. Year 2 I decided I thought the process was more important and wanted to save that extra day for something else so I gave them pre-strug looms. It then comes down to demonstrating how to weave and change colors. I normally demo, then do a little chant about under, skip one, under skip one, etc. I let the kids go and stop at each table demonstrating individually. By this time usually at least one kid from each table has picked it up and can help out the kids around them. Yay peer teaching! I give the kids 2 more class periods to finish. Of course we always have early finishers so I just have an alternate project prepared for day 2. When everyone is done, we tuck in the ends and tie them off!
Here are some examples from last year’s bunch. This year’s are coming soon…