Our 6th grade wheel is composed of classes of 6-week duration in which they explore each of these subjects...art, keyboarding, chorus, study skills, and woodshop. These students, therefore, only see me for a 6-week period once a year. Although our time is short, beginning skills, use and care of materials, and observation are stressed. We divide our time between color theory, drawing, weaving terms and manipulation, and printing.
Here are some of our weavings. Students must accomplish four tasks in their weaving...making loops, using lint from a washer/dryer, weaving a stick found just outside the classroom door, and leaving some open space. Many math skills are re-enforced with precise measuring by ruler and working with a Master compass. The compass work is transferred to metal which is attached to the finished weaving along with feathers if the students choose.