The younger children created a model of their landscape with papier mâché. This activity gave the teachers an opportunity to observe the abilities of individual children and plan the best way to implement the larger scale project. Using a board that measured 1.5 ft by 2.5 ft, the children began to build two islands. They scrunched up old newspaper and used masking tape to affix it to the board. After creating two mounds to represent two islands, the children started the papier mâchè process.
One island was painted to represent a place populated by farmers. On the model it is easy to see plots of land organized in rectangular shapes. The other island was painted to represent a place where nature was not disturbed in obvious ways and if people lived there, they might be hunters.
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