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Standard W.MCC

W.MCC Meaning, Context, and Craft

Grade(s): 4

Subject(s): English Language Arts

Year: 2015

Telling Totem Poles
Telling Totem Poles


Students will learn about the Pacific Northwest culture of creating totem poles.

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