Looms for Social Studies Connections in the Yuba Room

Moderation state
Grant Applicant
Ashley Perkins
Grant Category
Grant Date

The purpose of this grant is to provide wooden weaving looms and basket weaving kits for the fourth and fifth grade students at Donner Trail.

Benefits of Program

Fourth and fifth grade students are expected to learn about the major nations of California Indians, including their geographic distribution, economic activities, legends, and religious beliefs. Additionally, they are asked to describe how they depended on, adapted to, and modified the physical environment by cultivation of land and use of sea resources. Also, students in these grade levels are required to learn about the daily lives of the people, native and nonnative, who occupied the presidios, missions, ranchos, and pueblos.The art and skills of weaving using natural resources is a fundamental part of understanding indigious culture. 

Weaving promotes multiple skill development: not only is weaving for kids exciting and productive, it improves concentration and hand-eye coordination, promotes fine motor skills, and encourages creative expression and self-esteem.


Success of Program

The success of this program will be determined by the students' understanding of the importance and various applications of weaving in indigious cultures.We want students to draw on the various uses of weaving techniques and see for themselves how challenging and satisfying the process is. 


Students will work two  station rotations on their fabric loom creations and switch to weave a wood fiberous materials into a basket. This will connect to social studies and literacy actvities in which we read about how different natural resources were used to weave and how they tools such as backets, hunting traps, clothing, blankets, shoes, etc. 

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

The Yuba Room students are the only fourth and fifth graders at Donner Trail Elementary.  I would like this experience to be unique to the fourth and fifth grade curriculum so that it is a special project when they enter fourth and fifth grade.


These wooden looms are sturdy and will be used every other year to coordinate with our curriculum. This is an Ideal kid-friendly weaving kit from  Melissa & Doug. It is a wooden multi-craft weaving loom that includes everything kids need, including adjustable wooden loom, oversized wooden needle, craft materials, illustrated design booklet, and 91 yards of rainbow yarn. Donner Trail will purchase the additional yarn needed for projects. In regards to this $ 179 for basket waeving materials. These are consumables that will not be able to be reused. They will need to be repurchase two years later by Donner Trial.
Amount Funded
Individual Budget Items(s)
$392 - 15 Melissa & Doug Wooden Multi-Craft Weaving Looms, Extra-Large Frame
$180 - 7 Kids Sampler Basket Kit for beginners ( four student materials per kit)
Other funding sources

There is not currently funding available through our school site accounts for this type of project.