As part of our Social Studies unit on Aboriginal Canadians, we decided to try our hand at pottery, using clay, and forming it -- as the the early First Nations Canadians would have -- using the pinch pot and coil methods. Then we decorated our pots using a variety of small tools to apply cross hatch and other designs. It was neat to see how some of the students who might be struggling with other skills really shone during this activity.
One fellow fashioned the most amazing collection of little pots -- 25 of them when all was said and done, lined up along his desk, a smile on his face as he worked carefully and with much focus on each tiny masterpiece!
All hands were delightfully dirty as every student engaged with the clay.