ERIC Number: ED245849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Medicine Wheels: The Art and Culture of the Plains Indian. An Interdisciplinary Unit for Seventh-Grade Students Involving Art, Social Studies, [and] Mathematics.
Britton, Jeanette; And Others
The interdisciplinary unit for seventh grade students, involving art, social studies, and mathematics, focuses on a study of the forms, symbols, designs, and colors of the traditional art form of the Plains Indians, the Medicine Wheel. Objectives of the unit are for students to gain an understanding of the culture of the Plains Indians; to develop skills in using compasses, protractors, and rulers in geometric construction; and to create "personal Medicine Wheel" designs that incorporate ideas resulting from social studies discussions. Background information, materials required, procedures, and activities to accomplish the objectives are detailed. Selected passages from "Seven Arrows," by Hyemeyohsts Storm, a Northern Cheyenne, and ten pages of appended transparency masters (from Leroy Appleton's "American Indian Design and Decoration") showing examples of medicine wheels and design details are the principal resources for the unit. Suggested activities include discussing reading passages, writing essays, creating Medicine Wheel designs by using mathematical concepts and tools and telling stories about completed Medicine Wheel shields. (NEC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Seattle Public Schools, WA.