Anansi Spider Weavings

Possible Classroom Concepts: Social Studies – Other Cultures (Ghana,Africa )[Crafts- Weaving]

Language Arts- Folk Tales (Anansi The Spider)

Mathematics – Pattern, Fractions

Possible Art Concepts: Other Cultures – Africa (Ghana)

Lines, Pattern, Crafts – Weaving (Warp, Weft), Fine Motor Skills

In my last post, I talked about the nurturing characteristics of spiders. Today, I’ll talk about the spider as viewed by other cultures, specifically the people of Ghana. Here in the USA, spiders have kind of a negative reputation of being creatures that are scary biters that lurk. In Africa, the Carribean, Central and South America the spider has a more positive reputation. The people of Ghana see the spider as a god and character in many of their folk tales. Read more about Anansi here:

http://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/origins11717-anansi-brings-stories-to-the-world.html

You are probably most familiar with the picture book, Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti, by Gerald McDermott. A video of this story can be found here:

The Spider Weaver by Margaret Musgrove tells the story of Anansi inspiring the Ashanti people to weave their famous Kente cloth. Find a video of this book here:

Find a primary level Kente weaving project next. I think I would teach it with two colored papers. Ask student to create two line pattern designs (one a vertical format and the other a horizontal format) Cut the vertical design into a loom and the horizontal design into 1″ strips and weave.

http://kidworldcitizen.org/2014/06/24/ghanian-kente-cloth-kids-art-project/

Find a nice video and step by step loom directions by Cassie Stephens below. Use the Kente cloth lesson above as the motivation instead of the Goat in the Rug. 

http://cassiestephens.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-weaving-series-paper-loom-weaving.html

I adapted a felt pot holder project (found on Pinterest) into a paper weaving spider web project for older students.

AN ANANSI SPIDER WEB

So, at this time of year when spiders are laying their eggs and dying off, I hope you can incorporate something from my last two posts in your curriculum.

See you soon!

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