Help me give my students the opportunity to create nature journals with watercolors and paper in order to record their learning and to make beautiful art to display their learning in our STEM project about native bees.
My class is into their second year of a project about native bees that links science and our other subjects. Because they were so engrossed in their bee project and had so many ideas how to deepen it, we all moved up to the next grade together! In our second year together, these students are still incredibly enthusiastic and driven to learn as well as teach others about the value of our native bees. This year, they have big goals. We plan to create teaching videos and our own website, add more bee-friendly plants to our urban campus, and to campaign in our district to protect bees from pesticides. It is an amazing group of kids who have become truly passionate about their environmental science project and having supplies to add art into their project will enrich the experience even more for these fantastic kids.
My students are working incredibly hard on their long-term native bee project. They have already designed and installed a native bee garden at our school and they have even bigger goals this year, our second year together. Because of their deep enthusiasm, I am able to incorporate much of our learning into this project, especially our language arts and science. We were all inspired by the beautiful watercolors of bees in a publication we read during our research last year. However, we don’t have enough money in our budget to buy art supplies like paint or special paper for all 34 students.
These paints and paper will to give these students the opportunity to make their own journals, where they will sketch the plants and bees they study and accent their work with beautiful watercolors.
We will use the lighter paper to make these journals and to sketch and record our work and observations all year. The students can use their own set of watercolor paints to add color to their sketches and work.
Then, we will use the larger watercolor papers and refills of colors for students to create larger watercolor pieces about a selected native plant and native bee from their research in our project. From their paintings, we will build a class watercolor gallery that will display their native bee project learning in a beautiful way and preserve their art on a class native bee website we hope to build to showcase this class’s breadth of work on this STEAM project.
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