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FEB 2019

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 21 Lesson Objectives • Students will research a specific bird species and learn about basic bird • Students will explore different elated to specific bird species. • Students will discuss how environmental factors change bird populations and affect bird habitats. • Students will create a wearable headpiece using 3D paper techniques based on the colors, featur related to a specific bird. tival sponsored by the Bethlehem Arts- quest, a nonprofit organization focused on providing art, culture, and educa - tional programs for the local region. Developing an Outdoor Classroom and Nature Trail Adorned in their bird headdresses and led by their teacher, Ms. Anderson, students hiked and discovered more about the forested land surrounding their school located in the heart of the city. Ms. Anderson's love of nature and background in environmental educa - tion inspired the idea of creating a nature trail and outdoor classroom. She advocated to her principal how the building of an outdoor classroom and nature trail would foster empathy for nature and discussions on sustain - ability. She pursued and was awarded a grant to build a nature trail and out- door classroom on the school property. Ms. Anderson's care and connection to nature fostered this same care and concern in her students. Their time together outdoors built ongoing and frequent connections to nature such as gathering natural materials for les - sons, examining invasive bug species, and making connections to students' previous homes and natural environ - ments in Florida and Puerto Rico. Sustainability and Empathy Through researching their birds, stu- dents also connected bird migration to their own experiences of migrating from other states and countries. All of these examples connect to the Center for Ecoliteracy's belief in the value of conversations on sustainability and therefore empathy for nature by expe- riencing the natural world and know- ing well the places we live. Caring for others is also connected to our care for where we live. The personal and symbolic connections students made through their bird head - dresses moved beyond the classroom to a nature trail and community festival, fostering a visible link to humans, ani - mals, and the natural world. Tiffany Anderson is an art teacher at Donegan Elementary School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. tanderson@ basdschools.org Amy Pfeiler-Wunder is professor of art education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. wunder@kutztown.edu N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K S www.artsquest.org www.ecoliteracy.org Ongoing interaction with nature, specificall through one's local environment, fosters empath nd a love of nature. meanings of birds found in several dif- ferent types of cultures. Creating After researching their birds, stu- dents created a headdress using 3D paper techniques to build layers rep - resenting both the physical qualities of the bird and symbolic and personal meanings. Throughout the making process, images of local birds along with audio of bird songs were fea - tured on the whiteboard. Connecting and Presenting After the projects were completed, stu- dents joined members from the Audu- bon and Lehigh Gap Nature Center on an Urban Bird Count on and around the school property. Students also were invited to attend the Step Outdoors Fes - Left: Fifth-grade student Darian's headpiece was inspired by the Great Blue Heron. The fish at the top of the mask represents the choice of food for that species of bird. Right: Students were led on a bird- watching hike on and around school property, hosted by the local nature conservancy and members of the Audubon Society. Staff from Artsquest of Bethlehem also joined students on the hike.

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