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Lesson #3 of Emotive Art Unit

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Painting, Visual Art Analysis


K, 1st, 2nd




50 minutes

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey


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Caring for Our Oceans (Emotive Art #3)

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May 31, 2023
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This lesson engages students with an environmental issue and allows them to use their artistic skills to create an artwork about caring for the oceans. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students read Somebody Swallowed Stanley and discuss the colors and emotions in the book.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students practice art techniques.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students create artworks about oceans and display them around their school or local community for others to view.
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Teaching Tips


  • Students learn about caring for the ocean through the reading of Somebody Swallowed Stanley.

  • Students practice artistic techniques in their own artwork.

  • Students are taking climate action through the awareness created in their artworks.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is lesson 3 of 3 in our K-2nd grade Emotive Art unit.

  • Teacher will need to decide artwork materials to be used and organize them prior to the lesson.


  • The artistic format is open for the teacher to decide based on student abilities and prior knowledge.

  • Students can be supported in the creation of the artwork by having examples on display or pre-cutting collaging materials if this mode is chosen.

  • Students could be extended by adding their own description to their artworks.

Scientist Notes

This lesson allows students to learn about how to create an appealing piece of art to communicate the impact of environmental degradation by human activities and to also lead in climate action. On that account, this lesson is recommended for teaching.


Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to New Jersey standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

Discover more on the New Jersey Climate Education Hub.


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