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Flandreau Middle Schoolers create a quilt

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 11th, 2012

Flandreau Middle School students, Dylan Weets, Paige Cain, Makayla Welbig, Hannah Blackwolf, Tessa Ryan and Austin Otto kneel with Mrs. Henrickson next to the quilt they put together during Native American History Month.

By Billy Stitz

The Flandreau Middle School seventh graders participated in a cross-curricular project during Native American Education Week in November.

The seventh graders combined four core classes, Math, Language Arts, Reading and Science to educate themselves on Native American History and create a quilt topper in honor of the event.

The project started with Andrea Hansenís science class creating dyes from natural elements found in nature to color each 12-inch quilt square. The Students charted the quantity of natural elements used to create the depth of color on each of their squares.

Then the kids moved to Janelle Weatherly and Debra Henriksenís Reading classes where students chose one of 12 virtues or values from the Joseph M. Marshall III book, The Lakota Way. After choosing one of the following 12 virtues/values: humility, perseverance, respect, honor, love, sacrifice, truth, compassion, bravery, fortitude, generosity or wisdom, the kids then read the chapter from the book and filled out a story map.

They then took their virtue/value to Cassandra Petersonís Language Arts class to define the word, chose a symbol that represents it and explain why they chose that particular virtue/value. The seventh graders then wrote that assignment onto the dyed quilt square they created earlier.

Finally, in Laura Petersí Math class, the students used their quantity and color depth chart from their science class and created proportional math problems for the others to solve.

Josh Bieverís Geography class also chipped in by introducing the students to geographical maps showing Tribal locations, while discussing land topography.

The quilt squares were then sewn together and is currently on display in the Middle School hallway across from the office for all to see.

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