Title of Lesson: Learning
Subject Area: Social
- Students will make a sample of
- At least 6 straws per
- yarn (or ribbon, nylon/fabric
cut in strips, tinsel)
- The book Warm as Wool
by Scott Russell Sanders
- Discuss the children's
clothing as it relates to weaving. Review what they learned from
the guest speaker on weaving by asking them how their clothes were
- Discuss how shopping for
clothes has changed since the pioneer times. Ask the children what
the differences are.
- Tell the students they are
going to listen to a story about a mother and how she made clothes
for her family. Tell them to focus on how she weaves. Tell them to
look for similarities in what the guest speaker said about
- Read the story and discuss how
the mother weaved.
- Tell the students that they
are going to have a chance to learn how to do a type of weaving.
Send the students to their desk and have one child from each table
come and pick up the materials needed for that table. The weaving
steps are as follows:
- a. cut drinking straws in
half and cut one warp string for each straw (strings should be
equal in length and as long as the finished product will
b. Tie all warp strings
together in a knot. Place knotted end of warp at top of straws
and thread each string through a separate straw (suck on straw
to get string through easier).
c. Push straws up to the
knotted ends (photo A) and weave over and under the straws.
Begin a pattern (photos B and C).
d. Add a new color by tying
a knot to the previous color and continue weaving. As the
weaving progresses, push the woven section up and off the
straws, freeing them for more weaving (photo D).
e. Slip straws off the warp
when weaving is finished. Weave the end strings into one
another so they won't unravel.
Variations: Use several
strands of warp through each straw. This allows for more
intricate weaving. Vary materials used for weft (middle). Use
pieces of straw as part of the design. Sew completed pieces
into new forms or superimpose on a burlap background. Make
belts or ties.(Source Unknown)
- Students will complete a