The Water Project featured at ArtSplash 2015 at Montalvo Arts Center

The Water Project was featured during ArtSplash, at Montalvo Arts Center. The Plastic Monster is made of nearly 500 plastic jugs and plastic water bottles that the kids, some friends of mine and I gathered at home. They contained milk or juice. The students were surprised by the amount they gathered. Knowing that in the end only a small percentage of plastic we consume is recycled and that tons of it goes to the ocean.

THE WATER PROJECT: ARTS INTEGRATION IN 2ND GRADE / 3. Data Visualization with Dots

A simple Data Visualization of the amount of water we “eat” compared at the amount of water we use every day at home. And we also compared the differences between the amount needed to grow/produce different foods and the differences between the amount of water needed to do different things at home.

Arts integration into the 2nd grade math and science curriculum. We used a base-ten to count the gallons of water.
One blue dot = one gallon of water. one square sheet is 12″x12″.
Lesson plan here.

Data source:
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/change-the-course/water-footprint-calculator/
http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=files/productgallery
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/food-water-footprint_n_5952862.html

The Water Project
– Exercise 1: Posters about the Watershed and the drought
– Exercise 2: Watercolors of the Bay Area

The WATER PROJECT: Arts Integration in 2nd grade / 2. Watercolors From the Bay Area

Watercolors from the Bay Area is about understanding the variety of our waterscapes (Pacific coast, creeks, delta, bay, wetlands) through observation of a photo (each student studies a different document). In the end, the class has a discussion about the diversity of the amazing waterscapes we have in our region. The occasion for the children to think about asking their parents to go see these waterscapes if they do not know them already. They are important and fragile eco-systems we need to protect and care for. This exercise is great to open up the dialogue about the importance of water in our lives.

Watercolors from the Bay Area is about understanding the variety of our waterscapes (Pacific coast, creeks, delta, bay, wetlands) through observation of a photo (each student studies a different document). In the end, the class has a discussion about the diversity of the amazing waterscapes we have in our region. The occasion for the children to think about asking their parents to go see these waterscapes if they do not know them already. They are important and fragile eco-systems we need to protect and care for. This exercise is great to open up the dialogue about the importance of water in our lives.

For this exercise we use watercolor inks.

Lesson plan here.
Posters about the Watershed and the Drought – lesson plan here.

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THE WATER PROJECT: Arts Integration in 2nd Grade / 1. Posters/Flyers

Arts Integration is a great way for the children to experiment with art in conjunction with what they are learning in other subjects. And here the theme being “water”, it touches all aspects of the curriculum: language arts, science, social studies and mathematics.

The Water project [10 sessions] is planned for 2nd graders but can be adapted for upper grades. The introduction to the project is here.
Session 1 and 2: Making a poster/flyer with an iPad: Understanding the watershed.
This exercise is about making a poster to preserve the watershed. The students use the information they learned about preventing water pollution and conserving water during the presentation by the Environmental Services Department specialist.
Folder with the lesson plan, the power point and more document is here.