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Make and Trade a Crafty Creation

Students will identify a type of craft to make, make the craft and then display their creations in a classroom arts and crafts show. They will barter with each other to get the items they want.

PROCESS:

  1. Display the Smithsonian video "Welcome to the Smithsonian Craft Show." As students watch, instruct them to make a list of all the different types of arts and crafts they see. After watching, discuss the list and encourage students to share their own experiences in making different types of craft projects.
  2. Instruct students to select a type of craft they would like to make. If you like, invite them to explore the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Handi-hour Videos to find ideas and watch tutorials explaining how to create different types of crafts.
  3. Provide supplies and give students time to create simple crafts, or instruct them to create their crafts at home. If you have enough time and supplies, you may want to have students make multiple copies of their chosen crafts. Set a deadline for all crafts to be finished.
  4. Have students create a display to showcase their crafty creations. Then organize the displays into a classroom arts and crafts show. Encourage students visit each display and barter with each other to get the items they want.

ASSESSMENT:

After the arts and crafts show, encourage students to discuss the experience. What did they learn about making crafts? What did they learn about bartering? What type of craft would they like to learn how to make next?

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Divide the class into small groups. Have each group select one type of craft to make. Encourage groups to share supplies and help each other along as each group member makes their own craft of that type. Walk among the groups and provide helpful tips as needed.
Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into pairs. Have each pair select one type of craft to make. Encourage partners to work together as they make multiple copies of their chosen craft.
Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into pairs. Have each pair select one type of craft to make. Encourage partners to work together as they make multiple copies of their chosen craft. As part of their displays for the arts and crafts show, encourage partners to create a brief informational video explaining how they made their crafty products.
Grades 9-10:
Encourage each student to select one type of craft to make. Give students time to make several copies of their craft as well as an attractive display for the arts and crafts show. As a class, establish guidelines for the bartering exchange. Have students browse the available items, decide which ones they want and write a goal. Complete the bartering exchange and then check to see if students were able to achieve their goals or not.