I was particularly intrigued by the Pickerington School art and
ecology project. This is a great way to get kids out of their
seats and to become active in their environment and in their own
education. The project gave students a new way to experience learning
about art, community and communication.
The children in the Pickerington elementary school were able to
explore the environment first hand, instead of having to read about it
stories like "The Magic School Bus" or watching videos of far off lands.
It is hard for everyone and especially young children to think globally.
By showing students what they can do to help the environment that they
live in the students learn that taking an active role can make a
difference. This teaches them more than say raising funds to send away to
help some land that they will probably never see.
This project could also be integrated in all areas of the
curriculum. It would be easy to get science classes involved in ecology
and the in history the students could learn about the past of their
community and the significance of the landscape to life past and present
in that community.
Overall, I just like any lesson plans that get kids up out of
their seats, moving around, and thinking about things that are relevant to
their lives and the community that they live in.