SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2018

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T he ocean offers an abundance of amazing subjects to motivate your students in the artroom—a virtual treasure chest of colors, fascinat- ing plants, and animal life to explore. Because starfish are found in all oceans of the world and have an amazing 1,800 different species, they present a great opportunity to integrate art and science. Starfish Facts Not only are starfish beautiful to admire, but there are also some pretty cool facts about them that might inter- OCEAN TREASURES Marisa J. Main STARFISH: est your middle-school students. Star- fish have the capability to regenerate any lost arms or rays. They also move at approximately the same pace as a snail, using tiny tube feet. These same tube feet are used to crack open scal- lops or clams to eat. These wonderful creatures also offer great opportunities to discuss line variations, repetition of patterns, and unique textures. Observing Specimens Nothing beats hands-on experiences. If possible, have an actual dried star- fish available for students to touch. Some students may have a shell col- lection or interesting books about sea life to share with the class that might also add to the experience. You might also share educational videos or images of starfish from the Internet. While students observe the star- fish, be sure to point out their radial balance, spines across the outer shell, and parallel lines of tube feet on the underside. After students learn about and experience the starfish at a personal level, it's easier to discuss M I D D L E S C H O O L 32 NOVEMBER 2018 SchoolArts

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