Waverly first-graders took part in Native American workshops during the week of Nov. 25 and learned more about the culture and everyday life of Native Americans.
"The focus of the
90-minute workshop is to give students a sense of wonder how our indigenous
people lived on this land in harmony with nature," said Margaret von der
Meden of THEN and NOW Learning who conducted the workshops. "We focus on
living, hunting and eating traditions and compare how we live now."
Students made their own tossing toy with cornhusks, played a stick game which then patience and discovered how an Algonquin rattle is used together with the Buffalo drum to make music.
At the end of each session, students handled many artifacts and discussed how Native Americans recycled garbage. They also had symbols of gratitude painted on their faces and learned of its importance.
reinforces the work going on in the classrooms. Teachers are reading books
about the Mayflower and Thanksgiving with the children.
The Waverly PTA
sponsored the Native American workshops, which have been taking place in the
District for a quarter of a century.