Grade 3 Month 2 The Wonder of Fibers
From the Creation stories your children will hear about first people, the next step for those characters was to find/create clothing. Students will hear about six natural fibers humans use to create protection for their skin.
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Curriculum Areas/Learning Outcomes
Connections: During this unit you will learn about animals with fur and wool and how they have adapted to their environment, and how people can learn from them about how to survive in the environment too.
Concept 2: All matter is made of particles.
Connections: Wool has long barbed fibers that create its texture, cotton has short fibers that make it so soft. Your child will wonder at what makes the texture and properties of these two fibers so different. Linen comes from the plant flax whose seeds they may have eaten! Your child will wonder at the properties of this versatile plant. Hemp comes from plants that can grow to maturity in under 100 days! Your child will wonder at the properties of this incredible plant. The thinnest of filaments creates the finest fabric, silk. Your child will wonder at the properties of this incredible cloth. They will contemplate the environmental impact of fiber creation.
Social Studies: Concept 1: People from diverse cultures and societies share some common experiences and aspects of life.
Connections: You can bring in a bit of a geography lesson to talk about where sheep are most often from and what kinds of people host them. Where does cotton come from? What do wool wearers and cotton wearers have in common? What is different about their homes? Where does flax come from? What do linen wearers have in common with those who wear wool or cotton? Where does hemp grow? What does hemp have in common with other plant fibers such as linen and cotton? How is silk made? What is the impact on the environment? How can we be responsible and care-full in how we make clothing?
Concept 2: Indigenous knowledge is passed down through oral history, traditions, and collective memory.
Connections: You can connect the story of Adam and Eve to the story of Indigenous people of your area and the use of local resources for clothing. You’ll tell of the process for creating leather and demonstrate how these skills need to be passed on.
Concept 3: Indigenous societies throughout the world value the well-being of the self, the land, spirits, and ancestors.
Connections: How are fabrics made? What is the impact on the environment? How can we be responsible and care-full in how we make clothing?
Language Arts: Concept: Stories and other texts help us learn about ourselves, our families, and our communities.
Connections: You’ll tell stories about how people use resources thereby connecting your child to the local environment, resources, and skills. Have your child start to read the tag on their clothing to find out what fiber it is made from.