Students at Oak Ridge School show off the totem poles they made during a recent unit on Native Americans. Pictured (from left) are Ibrahim Horeish, Daniel Perez, Leon Szumny and Leonardo MontesDeOca. | Supplied Photo
Updated: December 19, 2012 10:25AM
Fifth-grade students in Patricia Cerven’s class at Oak Ridge School in Palos Hills recently completed a unit on Native Americans.
Students conducted research on a Native American region and had the option of using posters or a PowerPoint presentation to discuss their findings.
Students concluded the unit by making totem poles and included as many as four animals to feature on their artwork. Animals included in the totem poles were selected based on what they represent or symbolize.
Some students selected the eagle, which represents power as well as peace and friendship. Others chose a wolf because it symbolizes strength and loyalty.
“The students enjoyed learning about Native Americans and really liked the creativity they used in making the totem poles,” a school spokesman said.