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Lesson Plans

Response to a couple of Lynne's Q's.

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Cathleen D Lane (cdlane)
Wed, 29 Oct 1997 21:02:09 -0700 (MST)

Hi Lynne-
You recently sent a series of comments to some of the A & E folks and
you asked if I would like a "volunteer coach". The answer yes would
be an understatement. I am wrestling with somehow coming up with lesson
plans that won't hit the issue of ecology over my 3rd grade students'
heads, but serve as a catalyst for a series of thought-provoking
discussions, activities, and pro-active responses. I want to get my kids
dirty from the experience. That's why I like Joseph Beuy's 7000 Oaks
project. The thought of having my students and me knee deep in freshly
dug soil, having them mix additives to the soil (Arizona soil is pretty
bad), and doing grunt work for themselves and our earth really jazzes me.
My own 3rd grade son loves to dig things up and plant things (anything).

The lesson plans will center around the concept of environmental healing
and an introduction to Ron's work would be appropriate. I'd like to be
able to invite some local professionals like a forest ranger from our
nearby Mt. Lemmon (which is where I'd like to see my imaginary 3rd grade
class do the plantings), a local artist that specializes in ecoart, and
maybe even a horticulturist that could discuss the intimate details of the
life cycle of a tree, planting tips, maintenance tips (like pruning,
initial watering, etc.).

I don't have any ideas for a studio project for a couple of reasons: I
don't know what materials I would have to work with in a typical
elementary school. I also (obviously) have never taught art. I would love
some ideas on tying the Grunt Activity mentioned earlier to a more
refined, indoor, studio art activity....

Now on another note, you also asked for information about our rare owl out
here. Well, I found some information at:
and copied a bit of info from that page--

This miniature owl is rarely seen and RARELY recognized. An "earless" or
"roundheaded" owl, it is smaller than a Robin and wouldn't be identified
in flight by any but the experienced bird watcher. Nesting in natural
cavities or old woodpecker holes in coniferous/deciduous or pine-oak
forests in mountain regions, it is primarily diurnal, hunting small
rodents, insects and birds at dawn and dusk.

Lacking effective protection from larger predators, it
sports a guise exhibited by other small raptors, such as the American
Kestrel, an "eye" pattern on the back of the head that probably deters
would-be predators trying to sneak up on the perched Pygmy.

In over 20 years of operation, the Facility for Animal Care and Treatment
at California State University, Bakersfield has treated only one Pygmy
Owl. It was a treat and very satisfying since the bird was returned to
its territory in the Kern Canyon northeast of Bakersfield.

The web site that I got this information had a few pictures of the pygmy
owl as well, if you're interested.

Well, thank you for your encouragement and feedback. I'll look forward to
hearing from you.

Cathy Lane (U/A)