We just finished our study of Native Americans (or as one of my little ‘staches calls them: Ninjas!) and we wrapped up our learning with a class project that turned out so awesome and was a great teamwork activity!
During our study of Native Americans, we learned that Native Americans made totem poles to tell stories about their families and their lives. So we made a class totem pole to tell the story of our class!
All you need for this awesome activity is boxes, paint and a class with a story to tell!
Before we got started on our totem pole, we looked at pictures of totem poles and discussed the things we saw. (This also made a fun little lesson on inferring because we were trying to decide what the stories might be…).
Then we spent some time telling the story of our class. We talked about what made our class special and we brainstormed things we could include on our totem pole!
Next, we got into groups and decided on a color for our piece of the totem pole and we decided what things we would add to our pole.
Then we got to work!
I loved seeing them working together and helping each other and discussing our classroom!
The best part was hearing them talk about how we’re a family that loves each other and takes care of each other!
After we finished our totem pole pieces, we shared the stories from our totem pole!
We have numbers and tally marks….and we’re doing GoNoodle!
This group drew a picture of our classroom with our alphabet line, and our SmartBoard showing us doing our daily calendar!
This group drew outside because we like to be outside playing and learning!
This group drew hearts because we love each other. They drew Mr. Greg and mustaches because we are “Mr. Greg’s Mustaches!”
More mustaches and dancing because we like to dance!
Howdy, I am Mr. Greg. I have been teaching for 11 years. I spent a year teaching fifth grade, two years in second grade and am now in my 9th year in Kindergarten. Kindergarten is my passion and my calling but honestly, that wasn’t how it started. Read the whole story >