Science Sampler: Using art to get kids into and doing science by: Molly Petzoldt

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In the following lessons, students learn about the biology of birds and conservation issues by bird watching at museums, zoos, and outside in the park or schoolyard. They communicate their understanding of concepts in biology such as structure and function, diversity, adaptations, and the impact of humans by designing an art exhibit in the classroom. By utilizing the resources of local art museums, students are introduced to the history of science through art. Additionally, by observing birds in their local communities, students will discover how they can use their scientific knowledge to be active citizens.

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  • on Fri Apr 06, 2012 12:39 PM

This article describes how using art can be a way to interest students to learn about birds. There are three steps to this process. Each step might contain multiple activities. Students are introduced to the biology of birds through research, bird watching trip in the neighborhood, and visits to the zoo and such. Students then visit an art or history museum to see the connection between art, science and society. Lastly students create an art exhibit to use the art they saw to explain the biology of birds. This is an interesting approach that relies heavily on field trips. I see problems with amount of time needed and of course with the budget problems in some of today’s public schools. A teacher can overcome this by taking photos from those locations and presenting them to their students. This would save time and money but be infinitely less of an experience and of a student centered activity.

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

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