Human Influence on Ecosystems-Art/Sci.

Description

Scinece + Arts= sustainable learning! Students work in groups to create a visual & performing art presentation on a creature they design that has adaptive features to a specific type of environment. Key learning points: Human interconnectedness w/ ecosystems & society, Develop drama skills & personal aesthetic, Practice communication in visual arts & scientific labeling, Technology focus using LCD projections of different biomes, stage lighting, & filming, Reflective thought journaling, & fun!

Objective

Students practice visual & performing arts skills while studying Life Science & sustainability. By understanding their interconnectedness to the environment, students develop personal meaning & ways to apply science vocabulary such as adaptation & diversity while they explore their imaginations! Objectives:~Explore diversity in ecosystems & society ~Understand & apply scientific concepts ~Design & dramatize an adaptive creature ~Group work ~Create/label poster of designed adaptive creature

Materials

Materials Needed: LCD projector, 1 projection of stars/outer space, projections of biomes (environments)- desert, dark forest, tropical place, & frozen tundra, poster board, colored markers, copies of activity questions, 5×7” cards with environment descriptions, sheet, video camera for filming presentations & reflection, a sheet, journals for reflections of group skills, creative process, presentation, & outcome.

Other Information

This unit meets WA State standards for Theatre Arts, Communication, Environmental Education & Sustainabilty, Life Science, and Visual Arts. By applying different learning styles such as: group work, dramatic presentation, reading, journaling, hypothesising & predicting, creating visual art, and vocabulary practice EVERY student connetcs with important learning in Science, the Arts, and themselves while having fun!

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