4th Grade: Kente Cloth
For this unit students learned about the historical tradition of Kente culture originating from Ghana during the 12th century. Students learned traditional shape/symbol meanings as well as color meanings within the cloth. Students began with choosing colors based upon meaning for themselves, wove those colors into a pattern and created a cloth design only using shapes and symbols learned. Students learned how to tie double knots, stitch with two different patterns on a vertical and horizontal ground they created. This unit involved extensive hand/eye coordination as well as yarn manipulation skills.
Vocabulary Learned: Kente Cloth, culture, traditional wear, shape/color/symbol meanings true to Kente tradition, Patters, stitch patterns, double knot, geometric shapes, bold colors, balance, symmetry, asymmetry, weaving, vertical, horizontal.
Materials Used: Strips of TruRay construction paper, glue, black markers, rulers, construction crayons, plastic needles, yarn, scissors.
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