5. Native American Art Project: Traditional Food Mandala/Radial Symmetry
This Native American project is ideal for a Thanksgiving activity. Inclusive of reading, social studies, Native American studies and art!
*Includes a FREE bonus lesson idea!
This Native American Thanksgiving project-lesson is:
- Inspired the book Keepunumuk.
- Lesson can be taught without the book
- Teaches children about different perspectives
- Told from the Wamponoag perspective. A Grandmother tells the story of the first Thanksgiving to her grandchildren.
- Pre-learning- have your students tell you what they know about Thanksgiving and the foods they eat with their families
- Creates a mindful engaging discussion whole group, small group or in pairs
- Use the KWL method to record ideas
- SEL (Social Emotional Learning) connecting cultures and demonstrating different perspectives. Elicits a wider lens to view this US National Holiday!
- Create a beautiful radial food design using traditional or modern table fare!
- This lesson requires a minimal amount of drawing (lots of tracing)
- Easy for most any level above 2nd grade. The hard part is folding paper!
- Step by step hand out to help them understand the process.
- Students will need a light source such as a window or light box to complete the tracing. This takes time so make sure you build this into your lesson planning.
Bonus lesson-Seed Mosaic
Included is a story about the 3 Sisters: Corn, Beans and Squash.
The extension for this story is to creat a seed mosaic with real seeds! Also provided is a link to examine a 3 Sisters garden.
**There is also a handout for kids to use for either lesson. Younger students can draw simple symmetry in each quadrant or draw seeds to create a drawing of a mosaic!
- Q & A for discussion after reading
- Outlines of examples of foods
- Step by step directions for creating the radial design with photographs
- Links for more information about the Wampanoag Tribe and 3 Sister gardens.
- 2 artist statement handouts
- A National Core Art Standard checklist