5th graders at Hoopa Elementary School recently explored watercolors and poetry with cultural context. Teacher Maggie Peters stated, "I asked students to create a water color painting separating cool colors from warm colors through traditional basket designs. I had all students write a structured poem to accompany the art piece. In small group, I worked with students to brainstorm cultural items for each color and descriptive words for each item. I think the more I can tie arts and writing to the students' cultural knowledge the better. I can see their pride and self confidence rise because they know a lot about the culture. I also required them to have descriptive language, so that I can see their writing develop and mature."
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