Third Grade Students Explore Artifacts and Adaptations from Native American History

Third grade students in Rachel Mainwaring and Ted Quinn’s classes recently completed projects about Native American life and survival. Using everyday arts and crafts materials, six small groups designed models of Native American homes from different geographic regions. When parents visited MFS for the March 6 Lower School Welcome Wednesday event, they heard each group’s accompanying oral presentation.

“These presentations are about connections between the Quaker testimonies and the values they saw in the tribes they studied,” Ms. Mainwaring explained.

Additional activities in the unit included reading books with imagery about shelters and environmental adaptations and a visit to the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, which features extensive Native American artifact collections. Guest speaker and storyteller Rob Aptaker also paid a visit, sharing stories and songs as well as additional artifacts.

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