Plan #3 - Weaving
By Lyn Del Randash
School: Poplar Middle School
Grade Level: 3-6
Time: period 3+
is a part of Native American culture and tradition. Different tribes
used weaving in various ways. The Native Americans in the South weave
brightly colored blankets and shawls. Other tribes used weaving for
mats to sit or lay on and many tribes wove baskets. Students will learn
several math concepts by doing this activity. (Measurement, parallel
lines, difference between vertical and horizontal, angles)
ruler, pencil, string and or yarn, stick pins, darning needle- or paperclip
students measure a rectangle with the measurements of 4 inches by
6 inches. (I like to have this drawn on the overhead to use as an
example) After they have their rectangles drawn, you may discuss and
measure perimeter, area and angles.
the students need to measure and mark with. a small line every 1./4.
inch: ( demonstrate on overhead). When they have completed marking,
they need to push a stickpin on each of these marks at an angle. I
put masking tape on the back when done to prevent students from getting
stuck if a pin should go through.
an end of the string to an end stick pin, bring the string down to
the opposite pin and loop the pin, continue until you reach the opposite
end. Now you can discuss the concepts of vertical and horizontal lines
depending on how you are holding your cardboard.
carefully start weaving using a darning needle, some students designed
their own by using a paperclip When they begin their weaving, they
need to gently push down the rows as they go being careful not to
pull or their project will be misshapen.
project and questions on the different math concepts.