Quick summary: This is a STEAM lesson, which adds the Arts to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). To find out more about STEAM and STEM click here. In this lesson, students will explore the influence that the departure of the local Indigenous people has had on fire trends and consequently the local flora and fauna. Students will observe what changes are being made by the traditional owners in order to monitor and protect local species.
Students will then create artwork in recognition of the importance and diversity of the Australian outback for display within the school. These works of art will be accompanied by artist’s statements developed by students to explain the relevance and importance of their art and its themes.
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- Students understand the impact changing environmental conditions have on the survival of living things.
- Students use analogous colour schemes to reflect time and place in their artworks.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 5 Science
- Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
Year 6 Science
- The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
Year 5 and 6 Visual Arts
- Explore ideas and practices used by artists, including practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent different views, beliefs and opinions (ACAVAM114)
- Develop and apply techniques and processes when making their artworks (ACAVAM115)
- Plan the display of artworks to enhance their meaning for an audience (ACAVAM116)
- Explain how visual arts conventions communicate meaning by comparing artworks from different social, cultural and historical contexts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks (ACAVAR117)
Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.
Relevant parts of Year 5 Science Achievement Standards: Students analyse how the form of living things enables them to function in their environments. Students discuss how scientific developments have affected people’s lives, help us solve problems and how science knowledge develops from many people’s contributions.
Relevant parts of Year 6 Science Achievement Standards: Students describe and predict the effect of environmental changes on individual living things. Students explain how scientific knowledge helps us to solve problems and inform decisions and identify historical and cultural contributions.
Relevant parts of Year 5 and 6 Visual Arts Achievement Standards: Students explain how ideas are communicated in artworks they make and to which they respond. They describe characteristics of artworks from different social, historical and cultural contexts that influence their art making.
Students structure elements and processes of arts subjects to make artworks that communicate meaning. They work collaboratively to share artworks for audiences, demonstrating skills and techniques.
Topic: Art & Craft.
Unit of work: Learning Through Art & Craft – Primary.
Time required: 120 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – students may require support with specific decisions or processes during the painting phase of the lesson.
Resources required: Device capable of displaying video. Digital devices to use for research (minimum one per pair). Student Worksheet (one copy per student). Build an Icy Pole Canvas (one per student). Natural pop sticks. Acrylic paint (various colours). Paint brushes (various sizes). Hot glue gun and glue. Colour Wheel Handout (one per student or equipment to project to the class).
Related Professional Development: STEAM Made Simple
Keywords: Australia, Indigenous, native title, traditional owners, flora, fauna, endangered, environment, protection, harmonious colours, colour wheel, analogous colours, blend, science, art, craft.
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