As a part of 4th grade’s Native American unit, they studied folktales. They spent weeks reading a variety of folktales from around the world as well as Native American folktales. In the media center, they used Google Earth on the iPads to examine the regions of the United States where the Native Americans are found. They noticed what landforms and water features were in each area. Then, I told folktales from each tribe and they noticed how the land and regions came into each story.
In class, students continued to read folktales and examine the elements of each kind of folktale. They began to develop their own story and implement these elements into the stories.
In art, the students designed masks that accompanied their tales.
The process was long and spread out over several months, but we are excited to finally have the finished products on display in our media center. If you happen to be near Barrow Elementary in the coming weeks, feel free to stop in and read some of these stories and examine the beautiful masks.