3rd graders are creating weavings using yarn and a chipboard loom. They learn to read a pattern with weaving instructions. The patterns include vertical stripe, horizontal stripe, checkerboard, and fishnet. Students are also allowed to create their own patterns. 3rd graders who had me as 1st graders will already know the basic principle of weaving: over and under! One of the skills we learn in this project is to check our own work and fix mistakes right away. If a piece of yarn is not woven correctly, it affects the entire pattern.
When a weaving is complete, students cut it off the loom and secure it with knots, then take it home. I reuse the looms from year to year, but students who are interested can either purchase a loom from an art supply store or make one from a shoebox lid.