Discovering the Appalachian Culture

WoodworkingSubject: Social Studies, Visual Arts
Grade Level: Grades 3-5

Social Studies
Peoples in Society Standard

  • Benchmark  -Compare practices and products of North American cultural groups.
  • Grades 3 & 5, Indicator 1 - Compare some of the cultural practices and products of various groups of people who have lived in the local community including: artistic expression, religion, language and food.
  • Grade 4, Indicator 1 - Describe the cultural practices and products of various groups who have settled in Ohio over time: d. Amish and Appalachian populations.

Visual Arts
Historical, Cultural and Social Contexts Standard

  • Benchmark C - Identify and describe the different purposes people have for creating works of art.
  • Grade 3, Indicator 3 - Identify artworks from their communities or regions and communicate how they reflect social influences and cultural traditions.
  • Grade 4, Indicator 3 - Compare the decorative and functional qualities of artwork from cultural/ethnic groups within their communities.

Students will:

  • examine a variety of cultural traditions from the Appalachian culture
  • discover a wide variety of Appalachian culture products and art
  • explore the art of quilting from the Appalachian culture
  • experience the process of creating a quilt block

TIME NEEDED: One 40-50 minute class session


Download the "Discovering the Appalachian Culture" lesson plan (.PDF)

Funding for this project is provided by a generous grant from The Wohlgemuth Herschede Foundation.