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Lesson Plans


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Gina M Clark (clarkg)
Mon, 20 Oct 1997 15:35:59 -0700 (MST)

Hi everyone! When I was looking at the getty site i was fascinated by the
Pickerington Elementary School Project under the art &ecology curriculum
integration. this project is about the students creating a package to
send to an adult artist somewhere in the world who will in return make a
package for that student. The students package includes a ceramic tile
that the student has painted depicting some aspect of the ecological
concerns in their local community. It also includes a piece of prose and
the package that it is sent in is also decorated. In return the adult
artist sends the student something a concern they hold about their local
environment. This project is wonderful in many aspects. It brings the
idea of ecological concerns right into the surrondings that the child is
familiar with but it also makes them aware of concerns in a not so
familiar setting. I also feel that a child would be enthusiastic about
such a project because they are recieving a "present" specifically for
them from another indiviual. This form of personal communication is very
I guess this lesson is so intriguing to me because of the "pen
pal" aspect. I think this is a great way to make the connection for a
child betwwen local and global ecological concerns. It also addresses the
power of art and communication and allows the student to take pride
in their community and creativity.
This lesson would be easy to intergrate with other aspects of your
teaching such as geography and with the research that the child discovered
about their issue or animal that the are concerned with.
The Pickerington project focused on their local wetland, but since
a plan to teach in the desert I would focus on ecological issues within
the desert community. I would also have to consider the cultures in which
i was working with and possibly find adult artists of the same cultures to
be role models and offer insight for particular students and the class as
a whole. The age of my students would determine the dpth of the research
on the issue but I feel that even the youngest child would enjoy and learn
from this project. And in the case of acquiring the needed art materials I
could look for donations from the community, and possibly get the children
involved in some sort of fund-raising activity, which could be a lesson in
I think this project is very educational and infromative for all
involved. It would defiantely be something that the children would
remeber for a long time!
-Gina Clark, Univ. of Arizona