Native American Spirit Shields

by Linda Swartz
3rd & 4th Grades
Montgomery Elementary School

wolf spirit shield
bird spirit shield


Curriculum Integration: This project is a good adjunct to any Native American unit of study. It integrates nicely with a literature unit on Native American myths and legends, many of which relate how Native American children or young adults received or changes their names based on their accomplishments or experiences. You may want to preface this project with a writing project in which students choose a Native American name or write a name poem based on animal or nature spirit guides which each one chooses or identifies as a personal symbol.

Grade Levels: 2nd - 6th


Session 2   —  Drawing the Patterns

Session 3   —   Coloring the Shields
bear spirit shield


©   Deborah Padrick   2001