Today's lesson will be on Totem Poles. To continue and enhance our studies of the Native American community, we will focus on the meaning and purpose behind the totem pole in the Pacific Northwest Tribes.
"Totem Poles were an important part of tribal life for the people of the Northwest. Tribal and family history were embodied and personified in the totems which all individuals carried with them as an integral part of their personal identity. All family and tribal homes proudly displayed their tribal totems for all to see. "
1. Watch this video from National Geographic Kids about the Haida Tribe of Canada.
2. Open this Google Doc, read about animals commonly used in totem pole construction and follow the directions of the assignment. Email me your completed assignments by 3:00 pm today. Bring your totem pole animal drawing in with you on Monday and we will put them together in class.
3. We will finalize your dioramas on Monday. Please bring in any supplies you may need to complete your projects.