Dreamcatchers and Totem Poles tied in nicely with the 5th grade's Native American Social Studies unit. We used pipe cleaners for the dream catcher design, mainly because I had an excess of pipe cleaners. They actually worked really well. We started with a basic design for the center and added beads and hot glued feathers to the end.
The students designed totem poles on card stock. They sketched out 3 North American animals that they wanted on their totem poles. After their sketch was complete, they used oil pastels on folded card stock to do their standing totem poles.
After a demonstration on drawing sunflowers, the students were asked to draw three large sunflowers in pencil on white 11 x 14 paper. They were then told to fill in the sunflowers with torn pieces of construction paper. To prevent waste, they shared the papers. A few did cut their papers and the effect was different. All of the colors of the construction paper were available for use. It was really interesting to see what combinations they chose. Watercolors were used in the background.