Winners and Totem Poles

Congrats to the following winners of my 1,000 TpT follower giveaway! Expect an email shortly :)

Today we finished our totem poles projects! We also did them {last year}, but I still want to share this year's creations. They're just too fun not to share.

I asked them the same questions:
  • Have you ever felt drawn to one animal or another without being able to explain why? This could be animal, including birds and insects.
  • Does a certain kind of animal consistently appear in your life? This doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical appearance, it could be represented in other ways such as receiving card and letters with the same animal pictured over and over, unexplainable dreams of a particular animal, watching television and seeing the same animal featured time and time again, or, actually having the animal show up.
  • When you go to the zoo, a park, wildlife area, or forest, what are you most interested in seeing?
  • Are there any animals that you find to be extremely frightening or intriguing?
  • Is there a particular animal that you see frequently when you’re out in nature?
  • Have you ever been bitten or attacked by an animal?
  • Have you ever had a recurring dream about a certain animal, or a dream from childhood that you have never been able to forget?

Then it was time to create! One thing that I learned from last year was to organize my scraps that the students used.

This cut down on the number of scraps in a huge, unmanageable pile.

I already linked up last year's totem pole project to this linky, but you should link up your Native American or other social studies projects and products!

Native Americans Linky


  1. I am so excited about winning, can't wait to shop in your store. Hmmmm, what to pick, so many options. Thank you!
    Love the totem poles, they are spectacular! I am going to share this with our 4th grade team, I think it falls under their curriculum. Or perhaps I can tweak it and use is with an informational writing assignment.

  2. The totem poles are amazing! Your students did such a great job! Too bad, my kiddos just finished up with our Native American unit. I will definitely try this out next year. Thanks for sharing!

    Fifth Grade Wit and

  3. They came out great! What an awesome way to incorporate various parts of the Native American life!

    1. Thanks! You're a no-reply blogger, so I can't reply personally...

  4. These are great! I want to try this with my class this year. How many of their animal did they have to make to create the totem pole? Or did you combine students who chose the same animal? Thanks!

    Measuring Up

    1. Each kid made one animal of their choosing. I didn't put any limits on how many kids could do a certain animal. I just let them choose. Then I just assembled them as I got them.

  5. I love these and plan on starting them with my class next week. My question is how long did it take? I have 3 rotations of SS, each about 45 minutes. I was thinking two days would be more than enough time.

    1. Yes, that should be enough time :) Any longer and you might go crazy!

    2. That's what I thought!!! Thanks!


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