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Examine the North Carolina craft revival. In this economics instructional activity, explore the historical challenges that face North Carolinians in the early 1900's and research primary sources to determine how the craft revival came to be. As a culminating activity, students design visual webs that feature their research findings.
Learners create clay replicas of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in this early-elementary Art instructional activity for the holiday season. Directions are included for both Mrs. Claus and Santa. The instructional activity also includes links for more art activities using clay pots.
Sixth graders explore arts and crafts by analyzing machines. In this sewing lesson, 6th graders identify the different parts that make a sewing machine work and practice threading the machine. Students utilize a digital camera to share the different functions of the machine with their class and complete a stitching and sewing worksheet.
To unionize or not to unionize? That is the question high schoolers consider in their investigation of the labor union movement of the 1920s. After a brief review of the Industrial Revolution and the importance of the textile industry in the rebuilding of the south after the Civil War, the class listens to oral histories recorded by owners of and workers in the textile industry. At the conclusion of the study, groups craft a speech either for or against the development of labor unions in the cotton mills. Complete directions for how to access the required materials are included in the detailed plan.
Young scholars identify how do geography and ecology influence a region's folklife. Then they investigate this question and consider how an outsider might view their own region in this lesson. Students also identify how the natural world, even in urban settings, influences how we view life, what materials are available for crafts, what occupations we choose, how our homes look.