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Lesson Plans


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champion (achampio)
Wed, 22 Oct 1997 17:38:19 -0700 (MST)

There was a question posted on how, we as future educators, can get our
students involved in the art of their community and ecology. I believe
that it is very important for all people to respect their community and
have a great deal of respect for what surrounds them (the world). As a
teacher I will have the ability to change my students outlook and instill
a sense of pride and respect for art and evironment. My ideas are for
students in the fourth of fifth grade.
There are many ways to do this in an elementary classroom. I have seen
teachers do unit plans on recycling or even having the kids go out into
the community around the school and pick up trash, but I have never seen a
teacher relate ecology with art. I feel an excellent way of doing this is
to show ecological artwork and talk about it in a class discussion. An
ideal art work would be one that takes on an environmental issue and
sparks feelings and thoughts on the issue. A good example could be the
"Skymound" (I forget whom it is by) that takes on the issue of trash and
the disposal of it. This kind of work could allow students to question
our society while discussing art and maybe could lead into an aesthic type
After students study ecological art maybe asking them to create an
artwork of their own could accompany the lesson. Creation can help
students grasp the idea of nature and art by actually having to use what
they learned.
I also think people take their own environment for grated because they
see it daily and it is not so new to them. I live in the desert and I
have heard many people, mostly my peers, complain about how ugly the
desert is or how the drive to Pheonix is so boring, "there is nothing to
look at." As a teacher, I hope to reintroduce the desert to my students;
show them the wonders in their own backyard. I want them to realize a
sahuro cactus is special to our area and that is something to take pride
Anyone with questions, comments, and suggestions please write me!!

Angela D Champion
University of Arizona