E.T. A LOCAL WAY OF LEARNING
Title: GO SOLO-THEN SHAPE AND SHARE
Author: Eulalie R. Rivera Elementary School
Environmental Education Team
Grade Level: 5-12
2.Ecosystem 1. Language Arts
6.Resources 2. Art
By focusing observation on some particular element in a natural or urban
setting, students will discern some commonality of purpose in a human
relationship and select either language, art, or music as a medium to interpret
this to others.
At some time in our lives, we all have read, seen, or heard an artist portray
something in a unique, imaginative, or particularly poignant manner. And we say
"That was great!", "Touching!", "Inspiring!", How did the artist do it? Most
likely it is the result of observation, insight, perceptivity that goes beyond
the ordinary. We can do this, too, if we learn or train ourselves to really see
what is there, to transcend the obvious, to perceive more than what is visible
to the naked eye or ear, and search for inspiration from what the world has to
offer. Try it!
A. Quiet Time: For the first twenty minutes, go off by yourself. Take a walk
in the woods, along a special road, or through your choice of
neighborhood. Be alone, walk slowly, and USE ALL YOUR SENSES FULLY-look,
listen, smell, taste, and touch.
B. Reaction Time: SHAPE your ideas and sense impressions into your choice of
form. Have some extra paper with you for this.
1. Imaginative or informative writing, speaking, or illustrating.
2. Art--single or multi-media, natural object collage.
3. Music--depicting special feelings, themes, man's social nature,
sensory details. A portable tape recorder can capture outdoor sounds
for a collage.
GO SOLO-THEN SHAPE AND SHARE
C. Rap Time: Share your ideas with others. What objects, creatures, places, or
feelings showed you something new about yourself or about people?
For example, my cricket is like people:
He uses his senses to react, respond, and interpret his world.
He forms groups for food gathering, protection, and procreation.
He provides a service to his natural forest community.
Here's another example, my neighborhood is like man:
It is always changing in its moods, faces, and people reactions.
It provides services to the community at large.
It is partly "determined" and run by laws or rules.
Circle Up: What examples or ideas can you offer your teacher and fellow
students? Get into a circle, relax, and discuss.
D. Later, back in class you can revise, build up, explore, and share your
original ideas in many ways.
Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold
Walden Pond, H. D. Thoreau
Beach and Sea Animals, Color, 1970, 11 minutes. This film shows that beach and
sea animals form a community of interdependent living things. It explains that
certain animals are adapted for spending parts of their lives both in water and
on land. (NPS VI)