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The Numbers of Climate Change

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will explore the work of artists who portray data visually and research and collect data on the indicators of climate change. Students will design a three-dimensional number that communicates their data using paper-mache and mixed media.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will explore the work of artists who portray data visually and consider the ways their work impacts others.

Students will review and research the indicators of climate change, focusing on the numbers and data.

Students will formulate a plan and create a paper-mache number connected to the indicator researched.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Discuss the work of artists who portray data visually and how their work impacts others.
  • Introduce the indicators of climate change and how data relates to these indicators.
  • Demonstrate the process of paper-mache.
  • Discuss ways the numbers can be enhanced with designs that support the indicator data.

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National Standards


Create

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

25 minutes

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

5 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Poster board
  • Pencil, eraser, & scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Paint, gesso, paintbrushes, and water cup
  • Sandpaper & newspaper
  • Paper-mache adhesive: paste, liquid starch, glue, etc.
  • Bowl
  • Research materials: internet, books, articles, etc.

National Standards


Create

Shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art or design.

VA:Cr1.2.Ia

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Steps

Explore Art & Research Climate Change

Explore the work of artists who portray data visually. Consider the ways their work impacts others. Discuss the indicators of climate change. Select one indicator to research. Select one number from the data. Sketch ideas for visually representing that piece of data.

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Instructional Materials

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Climate Research Document

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Four Artists Who Make Data Visual

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Basic Sculpture Vocabulary

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