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Climate Justice and Action through Art allows students to explore their local environment in a creative manner to create an art piece that leads to a discussion of protecting the environment and through a second project to develop an appreciation of indigenous culture by learning about petroglyphs.
In the first activity, students are introduced to the concept of texture in class. They then will explore a local area, ideally with a water source, to find and identify different textures. In the next step, the students will create a piece of 3D art with natural and made materials found at the site. The collective art pieces will be used as a gallery with the students each sharing their artwork with classmates. Once shared the students will remove any made materials from their pieces, dispose of them properly and participate in a discussion of how best to protect the environment from litter.
In the second activity, the students will learn about petroglyphs and Mi'kmaq culture. They will paint a rock taken from the previous day's visit and create an expression of their learnings about textures and the environment. The rock can be placed once again at the visit site as it represents hope for the future and standing up for what is right. Various connections are made to the book "Sila and the Land" throughout the lesson.
The resource is not structured in a manner to explicitly teach skills but rather to develop an awareness of the issue of made materials in the environment and allow the students the opportunity to express their ideas about the issue.
Climate Justice and Action through Art would be an excellent resource for a collaborative project for a variety of subject teachers such as social studies, art and literacy. The resource could be used around Earth Day to create a gallery for the entire school to visit and then the students could make pledges to take action on the issue of litter in the environment.
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|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives
The issues discussed in the resource allow for the students to consider a multitude of reactions and opinions. They are allowed to express their ideas in a creative manner in two different art pieces.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives:
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions
The resource does a very good job of addressing the environmental and social dimensions of the issue of protecting the environment. The teacher will have to make sure to address the economic dimension through discussions and the addition of other resources.
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions:
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning
The action opportunities are created through the expressions of the hopes and ideas of the students in their art pieces.
|Acting on Learning:
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
The painting of the rocks ties together the understanding of the Mi'kmaq culture and the hopes for the future that is nurtured in the students through the learning that is acquired. The painted rocks represent the students' ability to stand up for what is right.
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans
This is not a focus of this resource.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).
|Personal Affinity with Earth
Students explore an outdoor environment to create their own 3D art piece . They learn about the current problems with pollution, and climate change by making connections to the unnatural materials in our land, and waters.
|Personal Affinity with Earth:
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
Student explore their schoolyard and community to identify different textures in the environment.
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future
With the discussions of eliminating litter from the environment along with the creating of the art pieces the students get a firm sense of the present and a positive vision of the future. The past is addressed with the discussion of the petroglyphs and the Mi'kmaq.
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.
The resource does not in any way lead the students or the teacher to a set of constructed answers, allowing for the free flow of ideas and answers to be shared.
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
The resource addresses the challenge of made materials in the environment. The student response to the challenge is open to interpretation by the students although no solution is concretely sought.
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
The resource does a wonderful job of addressing a wide variety of learning styles; however, there are no strategies for learners with difficulties.
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
Authentic learning experiences are provided
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation
The assessment of learning is not a focus of this resource.
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.
The sharing of the initial art pieces could be considered a presentation.
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
The resource is not structured in such a manner to allow for case studies.
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.