Amanda Laird, a teacher at
Oakley Elementary School
Union City, GA (Fulton County Schools)
As an art class, we are constantly drawing from observation in our sketchbooks to become better observers, artists, and planners. I love to take my students outside and draw students on the playground, sketch the plants around the school, and many other nature-related items! I have recently gotten interested in building a window farm at my teeny apartment in Atlanta, and thought how great for my students to experience this as well! I would incorporate the growing process into our science portion of my lessons, but also use the final product for students to observe and draw. What a great combination of science and art!
I believe children are not gaining the “back to the basics” skills such as farming and would love for them to gain this knowledge in my classroom. What a fun way to learn about it through art, too! I would incorporate the science and facts about plants and the growth cycle into my lesson as well.
Because I have an art class, I love to have students do creative assessments! I was thinking our assessment for this project would be to make a flipbook showing the growth process of a plant. Students would change something about their drawing on each page just slightly. This also incorporates one of my favorite types of art, bookmaking. Along with the flipbook, I would have daily journal entries with various questions of the day students would answer.