Coast Salish Design Elements, Number Sense, and Bear (Grade K-2)

This lesson is intended to introduce primary students to the different variations of shapes (Trigon, Crescent, Extended Crescent, Circle, Oval), and how they are used in Coast Salish art.  Students will be introduced to Maynard Johnny Jr.’s print, Spa Eth (Bear) from Salish Weave Collection Box Set II.  They will identify and name different shapes, and create an image using these design elements.  Students will also listen to stories about bears and what they eat, later rolling a dice and forming play dough “berries” for Spa Eth. (Lesson designed by Kayla Mousseau, Cowichan School District 79).

Time required:  Up to 3 short lessons; length of Centre Time


At the end of these lessons, students will be able to:

  • Explore elements, processes, materials, movements, technologies, tools, and techniques of the arts (Art Education)
  • Explain the significance of personal or local events, objects, people or places (Social Studies)
  • Represent mathematical ideas in concrete, pictorial, and symbolic forms (Math)