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Environmental Stewardship through Art

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Cultures +4 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old)

This collection was designed for elementary classes to infuse global competencies into an established study of open space and environmental stewardship.  Birds are often a topic of study in primary classrooms, and this framework can help students start thinking about environmental stewardship through an initial study of birds. Guided by thinking routines, students examine birds and think about how other cultures have shown their interest in nature. They will also start thinking about why studying the needs of local birds is important to taking care of their local environment. Finally, students begin to explore why taking care of the birds and environment also might be important to the world.

This collection is meant to be used as a unit over several days. Please feel free to copy and adapt it for your own use. 

The art used in this collection comes from the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery collections. Many pieces were featured in an exhibition called "Dream Worlds: Modern Japanese Prints and Paintings from the Robert O. Muller Collection", which was on view November 2004-January 2005.

Tags: birds, environmental stewardship, open space, thinking routines, global competency, essential questions, human impact, Japan, Japanese art, Ohara Koson, woodblock printing, seasons, cherry blossoms, teacher, student, nature, crow, heron, magpie, pheasant, artful thinking

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Magpie

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Two pheasants in snow

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Crow on night cherry

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Night Heron

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Creative Questions: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Print from the series Streaked Mist

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Range upon Range of Mountains Book Wrapper

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The 3Ys: Project Zero Global Competency Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access