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In order to service you better, the Institute will be posting activties on a monthly basis for teachers that want to apply MI in the classrooms and parents that want to conduct MI activities at homes.  These activities are pulled from our partner schools and are written by researchers and experienced educators.  We welcome your comments and additions to the activity list to enrich the community.



Activity Title

weaving


Triggered Intelligences   

*   Logical-mathematical Intelligence
*   Spatial Intelligence
*   Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence


Suggested Ages

*   Three
*   Four
*   Five


Learning Domains

*   Mathematical Thinking
*   Physical % Health
*   Art
*   Personal
*   Social Studies
*   Language and Literacy


Materials  and Equipment

*   loom
*   yarn


Preparation

 

Make sure loom is secured
prepare a sample(s) ahead of time for showing to the class
wind small balls of yarn in a variety of colors and thickness

 
Presentation

1. Begin with a brief discussion of weaving and what it is (the interlacing of threads to form a continuous piece of fabric). Write vocabulary list on board and discuss. Show example(s).
a) Weaving — The process of forming cloth or fabric on a loom by interlacing yarn or thread (or, as in this case, paper).
b) Loom — A frame for weaving yarn or thread into cloth or fabric.
c) Warp — Threads running lengthwise on the loom. The warp is placed on the loom prior to beginning the weaving process.
d) Weft — Threads that are weaved across the warp threads to form the web.
e) Web — The cloth or fabric produced by weaving.
2. Distribute materials and tools.
3. Students tie the end of a yarn (will serve as the "weft”) to the warp
4. Begin by weaving one "weft thread" over one "warp thread" then under the next warp and over the next, etc.
5. Continue this process alternating over and under with each weft thread. If the previous weft thread went under the warp thread, the following row will begin by going over the warp.

 


Tips

Make sure to comb the “weft thread” up to tighten the weave.
This is a project that takes time to finish. It is best if it can be done over an extended period of time

 
This activity can be extended by: 

use a variety of textile or random objects that can be weaved in.
 Paper weaving
 Finished projects can be displayed individually or assembled into an attractive and interesting ensemble.
 This project can be expanded to challenge the creativity of students by using more colors, making the weft threads thinner and the designs more detailed. The warp can be measured using rulers and will result in more precise designs. The simple over-under sequence can be altered from every other warp to every second or even third warp to form a regular pattern that will differ from the standard "checker board" style design.
 Have a big loom in the classroom available for the children to do it during center time.



Feedback

We would love to hear your feedback and discussion on the following questions:
What is "MI" about this?
What else would you like to do with this kind of activities?
Are there other activities relating to  these Intelligence?

Posted on: 2010/10/22 12:10
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