Make a Totem Pole

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In this activity (on page 2 of PDF), learners make their own totem poles out of recycled materials. Learners choose the animals and other symbols that represent them and their families, and then assemble them into a piece of art! Use this activity to introduce learners to totems and symbols. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Empty paper towel tube or oatmeal box
  • Construction paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue
  • Scissors


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
      • Information and Communication
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and History

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Model Building


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, ESI-0206403