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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Second grade students present Native American projects

  • Tuesday afternoon, students gathered in Washington Elementary School's library to talk about what tepees, spears and shields were made of.
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  • Tuesday afternoon, students gathered in Washington Elementary School's library to talk about what tepees, spears and shields were made of.
    Every November, students at Washington Elementary study Native American culture, and at the end of the month, they present what they've learned to their parents.
    They also get the chance to create something from Native American culture, such as a tepee, shields and spears, or shirts.
    Jamie Cooke, a second-grade teacher at Washington, said the project gives them a good understanding of Native Americans.
    “It gives them a lot of knowledge,” Cooke said. “They don't always know a lot about Native Americans.”
    For Addyson Senecal, a second-grade student, the best part was learning about tepees.
    “I really like tepees,” Senecal said.
    Justin Phillips, another student, said he liked putting a star on top of his tepee.
    “I wanted it to be like Christmas time,” Phillips said.
    The presentation is fun for parents, as well. Matt Michaels said he thinks hands-on projects are a great way for kids to learn.
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    “It's a creative idea,” Michaels said. “I think the more hands-on you are, the more they learn.”
    Parent Trevor Ferguson said he enjoys seeing the creativity.
    “I always like it when kids can be as creative as possible,” he said.
    Shawna Gumm, a reading tutor at Washington Elementary, said she's also impressed by how creative students are with the project.
    “I love that they come up with ideas and create it all on their own,” Gumm said.
    Cooke said a lot of students don't realize the Native Americans only had natural resources to work with and that it makes them see things differently.
    “It helps them appreciate what they have,” Cooke said.
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.

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