Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wampum belt preview

My 4th graders are SO excited. They LOVE weaving "wampum belts" and are really owning the process. Next step will be to make them into headbands, necklaces, belts, etc.


Why oh why does blogger sometimes rotate my photos?! Oh well, you get the idea.

13 comments:

  1. where did you get the cardboard looms?

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  2. Same question here! Also would like to read more about the graphing of designs...How many beads did you need per belt? Cording or string used? So many questions...

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  3. These look so great Phyl! I'd like to know about the looms too and also - how exactly do you do the weaving?

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  4. Those are AWESOME! I want to know where you got the looms too. I may try this project later this year.

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  5. PHYL!!! I love it! I had those small bead looms when I was a kid. I never thought about using a cardboard loom and large beads... I LOVE IT!!! I hope you don't mind if you see it on my blog later this year. I will be sure to site you as the brains behind the project!!! Thanks!

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  6. Love this!! Can you put directions up for this project?

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  7. Great! I made those when I was young, but I don;t remember how I did it...?

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  8. These look amazing! I get the looms, and how to make them, but where did you get the beads? Are they wood? Super lesson. I can only imagine how much the kids loved it.

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  9. Love this idea Phyl! I have some of those looms and I just recently purchased a Yarn Barn! I am excited to get weaving!!

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  10. Hi! I was able to use this idea to make bracelets from small glass beads that are beautiful! Same process; also rings from this process are fast to make and come out great.

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  12. How did you teach the background information about this? Was it hard for grade 4s to understand about treaties?

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    1. I didn't teach background info; the 4th grade teachers have a big unit in their curriculum about the native tribes from our region of the northeast, so by the time we made the wampum belts, the kids already knew about them. My part was to simply have the kids do this project as an enhancement to their curriculum. Does that make sense?

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