Makerspaces - Module 2 (Finger Knitting)

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Finger Knitting in the Classroom

 

Minds On: The Six-Word Memoir Project was a project developed by SMITH Magazine in November 2006. Since then, it has found its way into classrooms and boardrooms around the world. The essence of the six-word memoir is to tell a story in six words to summarize thinking, and to extend and build conversations.

 

Use six words to describe your experiences or reaction to one the images you see below in the Discussion.

 

finger-knitting-tutorial

 

Let's Explore why we use Finger Knitting in the Classroom: Finger knitting is a great exercise for students that requires few resources and has a low threshold high ceiling applications. In this module, we will explore: cross curricular connections, constructivist paradigm (actively constructing knowledge in social settings), beginning makerspace exploration, a precursor to knitting with needs, and some links to coding.

 

Shopping List of Finger Knitting

 

What you'll need for this module includes: Yarn (chunkier looks better in my opinion) and your fingers! You can purchase yarn at many dollar stores. Walmart or the bargain bin at Michaels are other good options. Remember to use the weekly coupon at Michaels for an additional discount on full-price items. Teachers can also show their Ontario College of Teachers card and receive 15% off regularly purchased items (although not in conjunction with the weekly Michaels discount coupon).

 

Some great guides you can follow (click the picture to follow the link)

On Mobile: Melanie Mulcaster TeachOntario Finger Knitting Tutorial - YouTube

 

 

On Mobile: Making a beaded bracelet

 

 

On Mobile: Making an infinity scarf   

 

 

On Mobile: Making a Winter toque

 

Part two of the Winter Hat finger knitting project can be found at this link.

 

Consolidation: Take a picture of one of the projects you created and post it to the discussion. What did you like about this experience? How would you modify or use this experience for learners in the classroom? How else might finger knitting be used to support special needs in the classroom?

 

Add to the Discussion on Finger Knitting.

 

We encourage you to read through the posts of your peers and to comment and contribute where you feel a connection.

 

Some additional resources and links:

 

finger-knitting-book-resources

 

Finger Knitting Projects: http://www.stitchandunwind.com/finger-knitting-for-kids/

Finger Knitted Animal Ears: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lWgId-A3Lc

Finger Knitted Rug: http://www.flaxandtwine.com/2012/02/woven-finger-knitting-hula-hoop-rug-diy/

Finger Knit a Blanket: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YTenXk52GI 

Why Teach Knitting: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/classbenefits.html

Melanie’s Full Presentation on Finger Knitting: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/11CaNpS7ryOhOmFwNImKFirqIgbrCcF6nDbklC79YpgM/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

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