Biome Is Where the Art Isby: Kelly Gooden

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Creating torn paper biomes integrates science and visual art in a performance task that assesses students' knowledge of the characteristics of the biomes of the earth. Students who have difficulty communicating their knowledge in writing can show what they know through art.

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  • on Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:48 PM

I truly feel inspired after reading this article. Being an artisitic individual I feel passionately about integrating art into different subject areas. I love how the article pointed out that using art as an assessment will be helpful to students who have problems communicating, and it will also be helpful for ELL students as well. I feel that the whole class discussion the teacher had prior to reading the text about biomes was helpful because it will assist in the retention of information by the student. Once all students had completed their paper biomes the teacher had them show it to the class and invited other students to name what they saw in the picture. This is a great because it serves as an informal assessment to ensure the students understanding of the topic. This was overall a great article.

Karina Gonzalez
Karina Gonzalez

  • on Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:44 PM

This is a neat project for combining art and science for 5th grade students. The author states that: “torn paper art provides an integrated performance task that is an authentic assessment of students’ knowledge of biomes.” It allows students who have difficulty communicating with the written word to express their understanding of the concept of biomes through their project. All aspects of this approach are stated. This is a great article.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon May 05, 2014 5:16 PM

I enjoyed how this could be turned into an art lesson and be used across multiple disciplines. I was torn between using this activity or my own for a presentation on biomes.

Hazel Robateau
Hazel Robateau

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