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Design and build a totem sculpture using animals that represent family and heritage using Crayola® Color Explosion!
Invite students to research the traditions of Native Americans from the Pacific region of North America. People there have an abundance of food from the ocean, so they use natural resources such as trees to create canoes, bowls, utensils, and very large totem poles. Totem poles traditionally show stylized animals that represent family characteristics. For example, a bird’s freedom in flight could represent a family who moved often. The eyes of a wise owl could represent knowledge.
During a whole class discussion, ask students what animal traits describe members of their families. Ask them to sketch some that might be included on a totem pole replica with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. Look at traditional totem animals to see how stylized the shapes are. Add simple designs that follow these shapes inside any large open areas. Lay animal sketches on top of Crayola Color Explosion™ paper and trace. Press hard to create a slight impression in the black surface.
Students trace over impressed designs with a Color Explosion marker. Add any new designs, as desired. Students cut out totem animals, leaving a thin line of the black edge around each animal.
Cut black construction paper with Crayola Scissors to cover a cardboard tube. Attach the pieces with Crayola School Glue. Use rubber bands to hold the paper until the glue dries.
Glue animals to one side of the tube, slightly overlapping each one. Totem poles often have a bird at the top and the largest animal at the bottom for balance.
During a presentation of personal totem poles, students ask friends and family to explain why they think you chose the animals you included on personal totems.
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