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Lesson Plans

Ron Hirschi on ArtsEdNet Talk

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Don Krug (krug.7)
Sun, 19 Oct 1997 05:05:49 -0400 (EDT)

Ron Hirschi, ecologist and children's author is NOW on-line through
December 05.

He is interested in talking to you more about your ideas about art and
ecology. Because Ron does not have a computer in his home, responses to
your ideas and questions may be delayed as long as a week. Thanks for your

Cathleen D Lane wrote,

Hirschi collaborates with visual artists to create picture books that seem
to speak on behalf of the natural world. I see Hirschi's visually
appealing picture books as a great way to introduce the concept of
ecological preservation and restoration to the elementary-age kids that I
will be teaching. After presenting the students to a series of Hirschi's
books, together with other materials that are related to the southern
Arizona ecosystems, I'd like to do a class brain-storming activity that
would focus on the local environmental areas that need "healing" and
discuss possibilities of preventing or restoring specific places here in
Tucson. We would discuss the importance of each individual's
participation in this restoration.

For example, here in Tucson, thousands of people flock to nearby Mt.
Lemmon (an hour's drive away, a 6000' climb, a big temperature drop, and
often the only source of snow during the winter). The adults and chilren
arrive at the mountain ready for tubing and sledding and often slide down
snow-covered hill that have newly planted baby trees. Many trees are
destroyed each winter as a result.

As part of our brain-storming activity, I would steer the kids from the
new perspective and awareness they now would have of the need for
ecological restoration, to a more proactive and cooperative position.
Specifically, the class may choose: as individuals to happily pass by
those hills that have signs indicating where baby trees exist, or
volunteer as a class to help the forest service post such signs, or
actively participate in planting the baby trees, or even decide to "adopt
a hill".

As an epilogue to their efforts, I'd like to have the students publish a
book. This would be a collaberative effort from each member of the class
and be similar to one of Hirschi's, but in their own words, experiences,
thoughts, reflections. They could then lend the book to other classes
within the school, sharing their ideas.

Don H. Krug, Ph.D.
343 Hopkins Hall
128 North Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210