Lapland Culture Cloths

Alexander Graves

Students will be able to create a Lapland decorative cloth using fractions and breaking down shapes.


Pre-cut lines of felt fabric (red, yellow, brown, and black)
Solid pieces of blue fabric
Brush (for glue)


Day 1
1. We will begin with me drawing squares on the board and asking students to come up and color in one half or one fourth of the squares. We will talk about how we can break down shapes into other shapes and the name of the sizes, half, quarter, etc.
2. The students will then get their piece of fabric strips and cut them into squares and then I will ask them to cut these squares into halves and quarters.

Day 2
1. We will talk briefly about who the Sami people are (where they live, what they wear, what they do) and focus on their decorative clothing and look at the designs and patterns that they have on their clothes.
2. Each student will then get a blue felt fabric (full sheet) and they will get their colored fabric pieces and their job will be to pick shapes and glue with their brushes the shapes into five rows across the fabric. I will poke a hole in the fabric on the top and bottom to connect all the piece to create hanging mobiles.

Differentiation Approaches

Students who have trouble with fine motor skills will be given pre-cut halves, quarters, and fourth, squares to glue in rows.


Assessment worksheet at beginning of lesson and end of lesson where students have to label three squares respectively as half, quarter, and fourth.

Follow Up and Extension Ideas

We can follow this up with talking about different countries’ and cultures’ textile arts: Kente cloth, Kakishibu dye, adire cloth.

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