I remember very distinctly an art project we did in 4th grade. We sat there with a brown paper bag, and we worried at it, and crumpled it, and generally abused the paper bag until it had a texture similar to leather. This was then tied into the Native American living in California and how they tanned hides and used them for all sorts of projects. When you bring other subjects (like art) into your lessons kids remember it better, so remembering this lesson from my childhood I decided to use art to teach science in our science lessons a few years ago.
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Using Art to teach science
This week learned what to do if you meet a bear in the wilderness as a small part of our Apologia Land Animals lesson*.
After reading the material, we opened up our notebooking pages* and saw we were supposed to draw what to do. The kids happily drew pictures of what to do, and made their poster, but I wanted to make sure they remembered it. Besides I had a fun project pinned on my land animals board.
We pulled out paper bags, colored, cut, stapled and………..
Created our very own paper bag bear caves. Yes those are all bears, these are not the dogs you are looking for…………..
And we used art to teach science. The kids loved acting it out.
I especially love Princess’ expression as she demonstrates yelling and hitting the bear to surprise it.
Now, we’ve got a fun short term toy to add into our play, and they remember what to do if they ever meet a bear.
A few more fun hands on science ideas for you
Let’s see what others did this week:
I used to run a weekly science linkie, and these are some of the great links that had been shared.
Highhill Homeschool shared some great videos about blood cells (no great picture to share from the post) and a slew of other anatomy videos. Give her some love ya’ll, she’s got a lot going on right now and still manages to post great stuff.