BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
|Connecting Earth with Plants & Animals of the Adirondacks
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|Grade: 8th Grade
Ogdensburg Central School
|NYS Content Area Standard:
Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
|NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
||Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural HistoryCulture & The Arts
Know and use a variety of sources for developing and conveying ideas, images, themes, symbols, and events in their creation of art
|Keywords: habitat, food chain, ceramics|
|Investigative Question or Issue: How might the web of life found in various Adirondacks habitats be revealed in our artwork?|
In addition to appropriate art materials for producing pottery, students in this project will need access to resources for researching information about different habitats found in the Adirondacks and the relationships among the various organisms within the food chain of those habitats. Collaboration with a science teacher would be ideal.
Working in small teams organized with the assistance of your teacher, design and build a clay pot/bowl that illustrates one of the food chains in a specific Adirondack habitat you have chosen. As you prepare to engage in this challenge, do the following:
- Sketch out ideas for how you might represent the various elements of the food chain
When you are ready to build your clay pot, be sure to consider the following requirements:
Follow the production process outlined below to construct this project:
- Group fills out the worksheet which describes their chosen biome.
- Each student sketches the two slab shapes he/she will be making in detail and in porportion to the other plants and animals in the biome. (Colors and textures are a must on this sketch).
- Each student rolls out, carves and assembles their two clay slab pieces into a plastic lines container (like a flower pot or plastic bowl form). (A day of "curing" is necessary for each slab before assembling it in the form. This is a good time to make the base.)
- Each group completes the base (coil is an easy method here).
- Each group adds larger slabs to the bolw covering the smaller ones, smoothing the inside and attaching the base, body and border well.
- Each group completes the border and signs their names and the name of their biome in the pot.
- When pot is leather hard, group trims and smooths unnecessary areas and adds textures and details that got lost in the pot's formation.
- The finished product accurately depicts important elements of a food chain in the selected Adirondack habitat
(See additional notes on Adirondack Biomes - important resource: Adirondack Council (518-873-2240) poster "The Adirondack Park - A Park of People and Natural Wonder", illustrated by Ann Lacy, 1994.
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The group completed the worksheet describing a chosen Adirondack habitat
Each student in the group sketched two colored, detailed, proportionate, plant or animal shapes from that habitat
Two proportionate, textured, and "cured" clay slabs were made and assembled into the plastic lined form.
The group completed a base inside the form.
The group assembled and attached all the clay slabs, adding additional slabs if needed. Base and body are smooth on the inside.
The group created, attached, and smoothed the inside of the border. The name of the biome and the names of the students in the group are carved into the bottom of the container.
The finished product accurately depicts important elements of a food chain in the selected Adirondack habitat
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