Weaving has always been a favorite project for my students! Last spring I introduced my students to African Kente woven fabrics. Students learned about the symbolic colors and meanings that the designs in these traditional fabrics held. Students learned how to weave specific designs into their own woven "fabric" using yarn and a cardboard loom. Students learned how to weave stripes, diagonals, triangles, diamonds, squares and rectangles and a stair-step pattern. The students enjoyed learning to weave different shapes and by the end of the lesson they were able to come up with their own "free choice" design to finish their weaving using the skills they learned. This product makes teaching this lesson really easy! Included you will find:
-A detailed lesson plan with an additional introductory warm'up lesson that educates students about African Kente Cloths made in Ghana and the meaning of the designs as well as how the cloths are traditionally used and worn in Africa.
-3 Handout printables are included to support the introductory lesson.
8 printable color handouts illustrate every step of the weaving project with instructions on how to create each design. Extremely helpful when a student has been absent or is falling behind.
-Photo examples of the woven patterns and final project also are included.
-Weaving vocabulary and definitions.
BONUS item: "32 African Patterns" printable to use on any African themed project you might need pattern resources for in the future.
This project has a very high success rate It lends itself to a lot of one on one time with students but also collaboration within the class as the students help each other along as they progress through the weaving projects together.
The weaving usually take about 8-10 days. If a student finishes early I show them how to make Japanese Kumihimo braids with yarn using a paper plate loom! My students LOVE this time filler. If you are interested in the lesson plan and instructions for that project you can find it in my TPT store!