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Letter to Teachers

Dear Elementary School Principal,

 

My 4/5 class in Madison is taking a four-day Dane County Cultural Tour this March. We want to connect with other classes who are studying local and Wisconsin history, geography, and culture. Please forward to, or make hard copies for, all fourth grade teachers in your building.

 

Thanks!

 

Mark Wagler

Randall School

Madison, Wisconsin

_________________________

 

Dear Fourth Grade Teacher,

 

doc: 
http://csumc.wisc.edu/sites/csumc.wisc.edu/files/docs/Letter%20to%20Teachers.doc

Potholders Description

Potholder Project

 

Mr. Wagler’s 4/5 Classroom

 

 

Design Process

 

Each student first made 6 designs that represent aspects of family culture--and then chose 2 that fit our criteria:

 

represents family culture,

recognizable image,

simple/bold design,

fills most of the space.

 

Needlework Process

 

doc: 
http://csumc.wisc.edu/sites/csumc.wisc.edu/files/docs/Potholders%20Description.doc

Memo to Parents Potholders

Potholders!

 

 

See the lovely potholders your child made in class. (Not all of them are finished today, so it’s possible that your child is only bringing one home.) Each student first made 6 quick designs that represent aspects of family culture and then chose 2 that fit our criteria: represents culture, recognizable, simple/bold design, and fills most of the space.

 

doc: 
http://csumc.wisc.edu/sites/csumc.wisc.edu/files/docs/Memo%20to%20Parents%20%20Potholders.doc

Release Form (Adult)

 

 

RELEASE AGREEMENT

“Cultural Maps, Cultural Tours”

 

Thank you for participating in the “Cultural Maps, Cultural Tours” project. By signing the form below, you give your permission for the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures to:

 

  • Use recordings or photographs made during this event for educational purposes, including web and print publications and exhibitions;

 

doc: 
http://csumc.wisc.edu/sites/csumc.wisc.edu/files/docs/Release%20Form%20%28Adult%29.doc

Release Form (Kid)

 

 

RELEASE AGREEMENT

“Cultural Maps, Cultural Tours”

 

Thank you for allowing your child to participate in the Dane County Cultural Tour.  By signing the form below, you give your permission for the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures to:

 

  • Use recordings, photographs, or your child’s work produced during the Dane County Cultural Tour for educational purposes, including print and web publications and exhibitions;

 

doc: 
http://csumc.wisc.edu/sites/csumc.wisc.edu/files/docs/Release%20Form%20%28Kid%29.doc

Dane County Delights Essay

Dane County Delights!

 

Write two or more pages that capture your excitement about what you saw, heard, smelled, tasted, and touched in Dane County. Here are some things you could write about:

 

What surprised you? What took your breath away?

What shapes, colors, and textures did you enjoy?

What smells and tastes were very strong?

What sounds do you remember?

What were you afraid of?

What was disgusting?

doc: 
http://csumc.wisc.edu/sites/csumc.wisc.edu/files/docs/Dane%20County%20Delights%20Essay.doc

How Big is Dane County?

How Big Is Dane County?

 

Write a 2-page essay, full of examples, that describes your image--the picture in your mind--of Dane County:

 

Before our trip, what came to your mind when you thought of Dane County?

 

How did your idea of Dane County get bigger because of the trip?

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Writing About Cultural Themes

 

Cultural Themes

 

 

For homework this weekend, on loose-leaf paper, write one or more sentences about  some of the following themes as they apply to what you have learned about Dane County culture.

 

Write at least 2 pages, and write for at least 35 minutes.

 

doc: 
http://csumc.wisc.edu/sites/csumc.wisc.edu/files/docs/Writing%20about%20Cultural%20Themes.doc

Observing the Farmers' Market

What to Observe, Photograph, and Ask

Fieldtrip to Dane County Farmers’ Market

 

What to observe . . .

 

items for sale

variety of items at each stand

what sells most often?

variety of cost for same items at different stands

produce specific to time of year?

connection between ethnic background and items for sale

doc: 
http://csumc.wisc.edu/sites/csumc.wisc.edu/files/docs/Observing%20at%20the%20Farmers%20Market.doc

Instructions for Visiting the Farmers' Market

Get Ideas From Parents Before Filling Out Form

 

Planning Dane County Cultural Tour

 

 

Circle folklore/folklife topics you are especially interested in:

 

place, home, land, buildings

stories, languages, foodways, handwork, music, celebrations, folk art (e.g. yard art, designs on tombstones), customs (e.g. home remedies, weather lore), symbols, beliefs

doc: 
http://csumc.wisc.edu/sites/csumc.wisc.edu/files/docs/Instructions%20for%20Visiting%20the%20Farmers%20Market.doc

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