First, my kindergarteners have spent the last two weeks working on Pattern Tee Pees. These are turning out sooo well!
We began by viewing examples of Native American costumes, historical black and white photos, and tee pees. Then we discussed patterns and how we could find them on many tee pee examples.
(Student examples of their patterns)
I pre-cut paper bags from the grocery store down into quarters. It don't have example measurements, but you can use most any size you feel most comfortable with. Then I had students draw lines across their paper to create patterns. We said the lines out loud as we drew.
(Table set up for drawing then painting)
Students then painted all the same type of lines 1 color, then rotated to a second table to paint their next type of line. We continued that so on and so forth to paint all the lines in our pattern.
The second week when the patterns were dry, students cut out a large triangle from the painted pattern paper. (This could be predrawn from a template on the back if needed).
We cut a door from black construction paper, then used brown construction paper rectangles glued to the top for the support poles.
This took 2 forty minute classes.
1. Brown paper bags (pre cut)
2. Tempera paint in varying colors
3. Brown crayons
6. Black and brown construction paper