Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tried it Tuesday-Native American Books

I am linking up with Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried it Tuesday. I get inspired by so many people out there in bloggerland. I was looking for a faster way to do a Native American project since I teach both 4th grade classes for Social Studies this year. This project was inspired by Tara from 4th Grade Frolics' Native American project. You can check it out HERE.

She used a simple lunch bag to create the project below:

Well, I tried using the same idea but added my own touch to it. We study California Native American tribes in 4th grade. As a culmination of our unit, the students had to pick a Native American tribe we studied in one of the four regions of California.

Then they had to make 5 fact cards about their tribe. We really worked on elaborating their facts into more than one sentence. On one side, they wrote the fact and the other side, they illustrated what they wrote about. These tucked in nicely in the pocket of the bag.

Next, they had to color in their tribe's location on a map of California. This was glued on the inside page. 

The cover was the most fun. They had to have the title of their tribe and an illustration of something they learned about them. The decorating began! They hole punched the side of the book and sewed it together with "Native American string" and beads. Next, they could choose some feathers to add texture to their book. 

Here is how they turned out!
They had so much fun making these. The boys commented how they really liked learning to sew. This was a fun project and easy to do with both classes in a crunch for time. 

Let me know what you think!