This was a first, second, and third grade art/science integrated project. It can be adapted for any age of elementary students. Students spent the first half of the project learning about trees and the second half of the project learning about animals. This was a 17 day project.
In this phase, students spent time exploring the trees living in the Oregon Forest. Students explored bark patterns, conifer trees, deciduous trees, and importance of trees. Next students explored the birds, mammals,and animals, living in Oregon.
Students designed artistic representations of a self selected animal and a self selected trees. Some students preferred to work in collaborative teams. Part of the design process also included designing what our hallway forest would look like.
CREATE & REFINE
Students created and refined tree and animal reports about their self-selected animal. In addition students decided if they wanted to create a 2d or 3d tree for our hallway forest. Time for this project was running out so all of our animals were created 2d. During the research phase students were required to figure out the height and length of their animals so our forest animals would be somewhat to scale. This math aspect of the project proved to be quite challenging for the first grade students.
We published our tree reports on our Camas Kids Show What We Know website. Our hope was to also publish our animal reports however we did not have enough time. To own it further, our tree reports were attached to the trees in our hallway forest. We also invited other classes to walk through our forest. Between the website and the hallway our project was made public. Overall, reading the student self-assessments, students learned a lot about the forest and enjoyed creating their own.