Rogers Elementary fourth graders recently created Native American projects in Brooke Isaacson’s and Jill Smith’s classes. The projects, which were created at home, were the culmination of a three-week social studies unit about Native Americans, including a visit to the Seneca Museum. Students chose a project to create, including dioramas of a Native American village, toys, musical instruments, transportation and clothing. Students creativity and outside of the the box thinking produced everything from canoes carved out of birch wood, corn husk dolls, longhouses made out of Popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners and headdresses. Students wrote reports about the Native Americans and presented their projects to their peers.
“I didn’t know that depending on how many feathers were in a headdress, it designates what tribe the Native American was part of,” said Courtney Graham who created different dolls with various headdresses.
“Students learn in different ways and different styles and projects like this one allow students who may be more visual and hands on to shine,” said the teachers. “It is also an opportunity for families to get involved in the projects and build the home/school connection.”