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Lesson Plans


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champion (achampio)
Thu, 30 Oct 1997 13:18:06 -0700 (MST)

I am commenting on the teacher stories in the Ideas for Curriculum
Integration on the Art and Ecology web page. The teacher story that
really caught my attention was the Henry David Thoreau Elementary school.
At the Henry D. Thoreau Elementary the teacher/artist, Ann Parker created
a mural that, "visually integrates, through words and images, ideas about
the importance of ecological issues in Thoreau's life." I enjoyed this
idea because it mixed art and literature (which is also an
art). Rather than being a single art lesson, or another mural on the
walls it allowed the children to do reading and writing to compliment and
enhance the lesson and their understanding of art and ecology.

The lesson could teach students about everything from appreciation of the
environment to how to use their imagination. The mural was done with
exaggeration in order to bring viewers into the art work and was designed
to be readable to just about everybody. These same principals can be used
in writing a creative story; an author must lure his/her reader in and
allow the reader to be insightful to what is going on. It is truly a nice
correlation. The lesson/curriculum also taught a lot on ecology.
Ann Parker displayed the art of block printing and demonstrated it also
(art). This project also brought in the community because it was such a
big creation and said a lot about exploring, understanding, and respecting

Obviously, it would be incredibly hard to use this same techinque in my
classroom. I could not reproduce Parker's work, but I could possibly
acquire a picture of it and begin discussing what they see. I would also
have my students read small excerpts from "Walden" and interprete them.
It could also tie into what we, as responsible human beings, could do to
help save our environment. All of it could tie into a whole unit on
endangered species, lost rain forest, destruction of our lands, and waste.
I would also have my students look at other ecological and cultural artworks and
interprete them, as well as critisize them. The students would also
create their own artwork that says something about our current
environmental status. This could be tied into all different subject
areas: language arts, social studies, art, and general science.

Angela Champion
University of Arizon