Mrs. Benter’s fifth grade class had the chance to visit the O’Fallon Museum for a social studies activity to learn about Native Americans after finishing their unit in class.
Melissa Rost gave the students a tour of the museum and a presentation about ledger art, which included reasoning and meaning behind the artwork.
The students were able to view Sioux ledger art on loan from Wyoming State Museum, watch a short video about Blackfeet Artist Terrence Guardipee, and look at the artifacts that are held here at our local museum.
Where they headed back to class the students created their own artifacts from cinnamon and applesauce dough and then researched to write a short fact summary about the artifact they chose.
This was a rewarding and engaging experience for students to explore all of these cultural elements in person and in a physical setting.