New Curriculum is On Its Way
Over the last year, we’ve been focused on developing new, relevant, and culturally responsive curriculum to meet our schools’ needs. Here’s a glimpse of the new types of lessons we will have available in the near future – Earth’s Spheres part of our STEAM curriculum and Go Figure part of both our social justice and cultural awareness curriculum. Stay tuned!
In this new STEAM lesson, students learn about the earth’s four spheres: geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere. Working together in small groups, students use their art journals to plan how to build each of the four spheres using up-cycled materials. They are also tasked with showing the interactions between the four spheres. The processes that move matter and energy from one sphere to another are called sphere interactions. An example of an interaction would be when water from a lake or ocean, hydrosphere, evaporates when it comes in contact with heat and becomes part of the atmosphere. Each group is asked to present their spheres and interactions to the class.
Go Figure Inspired by Jamaican Sculptor Edna Manley
Working in collaboration with Peace Corps Volunteer Hannah Baker, who has been in Jamaica for the past two years, we have created this lesson to introduce Jamaican artist, Edna Manley, as well as Jamaican and Caribbean culture and history. Students explore Edna Manley’s sculpture, Negro Aroused, and discover how a provocative title combined with a powerful figurative sculpture can elicit many different feelings by viewers. They learn about a range of social justice issues and use their bodies to create a collaborative tableau to bring the issue to life. They practice figurative drawing and transform the drawings into 3D aluminum foil sculptures to visually symbolize a social issue of their choosing. In addition to reflecting upon their own artwork and those of their classmates, the students’ sculptures are titled and displayed to be viewed through a gallery walk. The lesson includes relevant resources to encourage students to get involved in the issues that resonate with them, giving them a voice and a way to get involved in the changes they would like to see.