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Anna L Velasco (alv)
Wed, 3 Dec 1997 17:58:34 -0700 (MST)

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I chose to concentrate on the Pickering Project for elementary students
found on the art and ecology web page. I was most intrigued by the idea
that students spend countless hours learning about issues that are far
removed from us. Even though these issues do affect us, i.e. global
warming, I feel that we also need to concentrate on the world around
us...that which immediately affects us. Once we learn apprieciation for
our own "backyard", we can better apprieciate the farther extended world.
In the Pickering Project this is exactly what the educators wished to
accomplish. They designed a curriculum unit in which students would go
out and learn about the world through experience. Many of these learning
experiences were desguised as fun adventures where they would experience
the nature itself and learn to love it.

This lesson teaches students to discover the unique and natural beauty
within their own community. They researched local conserns and then went
about learning how to solve them. They learned about ecology issues by
actually going out into the wetlands...(they lived near wetlands and
endangered land source) They learned about community by working in
groups. In fact, something really interesting about this project is that
they paired students with local artists and writers and worked with them
to bring about awareness to their cause. Each student prepared a package
they would give to the artist. The package included a ceramic tile, a
written poem or prose and a distinctively decorated container which
represents concern for the wet lands. The artists would then take the
package and model another artwork useing the same ideas and bringing to
light issues about the wetlands. In this partnership so much more than
just community and art was learned.

If I were to use these concepts in the classroom I would talk more about
how different cultures use their natural resources in different ways.
For example how do people who live in the desert manipulate their
resources to be more concious friendly. What is more adaptive to the
desert? I like the elementary students and would geer my lessons towards
the primary grades. Perhaps I would give a lesson on red clay....

I think that science is a great way to study the environment. What kinds
of effects can we expect from various chemicals found in the atmosphere?
Maybe a lesson in Biology? How does what we do affect the lives of
animals? Etc....


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