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Grade 5, Chapter 8 Investigation Organizer:

Native American Patterns


Summary: Many Native Americans use geometric designs to decorate traditional clothing. Your group will design a shoulder bag pattern based on Native American geometric designs.

1. Plan It

A. Look for geometric patterns. The shoulder bag on page 291 of your textbook shows quadrilaterals and triangles as well as slides, flips, turns, and symmetry. You will make your shoulder bag designs based on geometric patterns. Your patterns should include:

B. Prepare your grid.

[Checkbox] Grid preparation completed


2. Put It Together

A. Start your design.

[Checkbox] Our shoulder bag design completed


3. Wrap It Up

Add other designs. If your group wishes, add designs that use other geometric shapes. Color the entire design.

[Checkbox] Coloring completed


4. Discuss Your Results

[Checkbox] Review completed


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