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English

Regional Focus

Global

DOT Mural

Author: ACE
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Art, Climate Action
Resource Type:
  • Project
Synopsis
  • This resource provides step-by-step instructions for planning and creating a "Do One Thing" mural or artistic display. 
  • The project will give students an opportunity to be creative and artistic, while encouraging their classmates and schoolmates to take action for the environment and the climate.

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The instructions are flexible, yet provide information about the small and large details of planning the action and displaying the results in a mural form.
  • The project can be integrated with Earth Day events or environmental club activities.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students need to understand how these actions can impact the environment and climate change.
  • Administrative approval is likely required for the success of this activity.
  • The materials are available without an account.

Differentiation

  • This activity could be completed by a class, a school club, or an entire school.
  • English language arts skills can be incorporated into this activity through writing school announcements or creating a school-wide email to students and teachers.
  • The mural design could be permanent, temporary, or could change throughout the school year. 
  • Students could serve in different leadership roles in the process of the project and work in groups to achieve various tasks.
  • Other resources about individual actions include Living Large, this footprint calculator by the Nature Conservancy, and this Carbon Check activity.

Scientist Notes

There is no misconception in the resource. This resource is recommended for teaching climate science and environmental justice.

Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.8.6-8 Apply a range of deliberative and democratic procedures to make decisions and take action in their classrooms and schools, and in out-of-school civic contexts.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 1 - Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
      • VA:Cr1.1.6a Combine concepts collaboratively to generate innovative ideas for creating art.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 10 - Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
      • VA:Cn10.1.6a Generate a collection of ideas reflecting current interests and concerns that could be investigated in art-making.
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