|Level: Beginner||Duration: N/A|
|Grade Level: Elementary (1+)||Author: LEGO Education|
|Topics: Creativity, story-telling, counting, sorting|
|Materials: LEGO DUPLO Large Brick Set, additional art supplies such as feathers, tissue paper, pipe-cleaners, and construction paper|
Students create a totem pole with features that relate to their individual families, beliefs, etc.
Native Americans built totem poles to tell about their families, beliefs and stories about their history, and tribe. In this activity students will create totem poles and share the story their pole tells.
- The teacher gives each student a building plate and some various DUPLO bricks.
- The teacher explains to the students that Native Americans built totem poles to tell about their families, beliefs and stories about their history and tribe. At this point the teacher should share pictures or a story about totem poles.
- When the students grasp the concept of what a totem pole is supposed to represent challenge them to create their own pole using the DUPLO bricks they have been given, along with other suggested materials.
- When the students have finished building and decorating ask them to share the story their totem pole represents.
- What were some of the defining characteristics of the totem pole?
- How many pieces did you use on your totem pole? How many different colors were used on the totem pole? Did these colors represent something meaningful? What about the overall height of the structure, did that have any significant meaning?
If extra practice on writing skills is needed:
Instruct each student to write their totem pole story on a piece of paper.