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I particularly liked the lesson from Pickering Elementary School. I was
intrigued by the idea of expanding the children's appreciation of their
own backyards, combining writing with images, and linking the children
with adult artists.
The life centered issue I see in this lesson is to open your eyes to
what is right around you. Learning that ecology is your own back yard is
a good ecology lesson. And being involved in an effort that benefits and
activates community is a good community lesson. A lesson to learn about
art is that it can be used to benefit and create community.
If I were using this in an elementary level classroom here, I would
add Native American and Hispanic cultural elements and I would add a
section on being safety conscious in our desert environment.
Earth science/geology would be a good subject area to combine with
this in our area because of the proximity of the mountains.