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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Virtual Learning Idea: Inuksuk

Created on April 20, 2022 by lightARTed

A virtual learning idea that does not require any art supplies! Students build an inuksuk! (say it like this "i-NOOK-shook") An inuksuk is a structure made of stones piled on top of each other made by the Inuit tribes of Alaska. They were used by the Inuit as land markers or sign posts indicating danger or a good hunting place. An inuksuk in the shape of a person signifies safety, hope and friendship. Find some rocks outside and try to balance them so they do not fall down. Flat rocks work great! Keep the rocks small so they are not too heavy and watch your toes! No rocks in your yard? Try building one with play dough, Lego's or blocks!

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Students learn about the inuksuk made by the Inuit tribes of Alaska.

Students learn how to balance objects in the creation of a 3D object.

rocks, stones


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Students go outside and hunt for stones and rocks that are not too heavy.

Try to balance the rocks on top of each other to create a unique 3D object possibly resembling a person.

Take a picture and email it to the art teacher for credit.

There are several videos on YouTube on the history of Inuksuks and how to build them.

I have seen many spelling variations on inuksuks and have yet to determine which is the correct spelling so until then I am spelling like this: inuksuk

There is also a controversy about building rock sculptures when out in nature. You could hold a class discussion and debate what your students think. Check out this article:


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[K-4] Students know that the visual arts have both a history and specific relationships to various cultures
[K-4] Students identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[K-4] Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art



History/Social Studies