Activity Introduction

A local animal activist is putting together an exhibition titled “Growl, Tweet, Hiss: Animal artists tell the story of climate change”; and by ‘animal activist’ we mean they’re actually an animal who is an activist! 

Get yourself into the mindset of an animal artist who has been affected by climate change and create an artwork communicating your thoughts and feelings to a human audience.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12

Themes:

  • investigate
  • be creative

Time required: 40 minutes

Curriculum connections: Visual Arts, Science, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Sustainability

Tips for Parents and Carers

This activity encourages children to be environmentally conscious and actively mindful of the world around them. Encourage them to critically consider the impact of climate change on the environment, expanding their sympathy for the plight of local wildlife and challenging the sustainability of their own actions and lifestyle. Consider connecting in with your local zoo or wildlife park to deepen their understanding of these impacts.

Ask them questions to help them get ‘into character’ as their animal. It should be easy for children to know how they would feel if their home was being bulldozed, and they just need to apply this to a bird having their tree cut down.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

CLIMARTE: An animal’s perspective on climate change – Years 5 & 6

Resources Required

  • Art supplies: coloured pencils, pens, paint, coloured paper, glue, scissors
  • White paper

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Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Paint Like An Animal Activist - Activity Instructions

A local animal activist is putting together an exhibition titled “Growl, Tweet, Hiss: Animal artists tell the story of climate change"; and by ‘animal activist’ we mean they’re actually an animal who is an activist!

Get yourself into the mindset of an animal artist who has been affected by climate change and create an artwork communicating your thoughts and feelings to a human audience.

Part A: Researching, Planning And Creating

Step 1. Think of a local indigenous animal (native to Australia or your home country). It could be a bird, mammal, amphibian, reptile, fish or insect. Write down some ideas about how this animal will be affected by climate change, and what challenges this animal is facing in its natural habitat. 

Consider how your animal will respond to climate change. For example, higher temperatures mean that some kangaroos may have to migrate to new habitats, while extreme weather events mean changes to food and wate

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