Something Grade 3 is really excited about at the moment is designing their own Totem Poles!
The First Nation people use totem poles as a way to express their beliefs and values as well as to tell the stories of their tribes. We learned that the animals carved into the poles represent qualities like bravery, wisdom or loyalty.
We decided what qualities we valued in ourselves and what animals we could use to represent them.
We then did an initial design of a 2D totem pole in our creative journals.
In a linked maths study of 3D shapes, we are learning how to build different types of prisms out of lego. We constructed the 3D shapes required to build our totem pole.
Then we mapped out these 3D shapes onto a paper template and created the ‘building blocks’ of our totem poles.
And in an Art unit we studied First Nation art styles and drew our animals onto our blocks.
Here are some of the final products:
What story do you think these totem poles are telling about the values and beliefs of their creators?