As kaitiaki, or guardians of our environment, this project was a logical next step for the Year 2 and 3 class, who had been exploring ecosystems.
Big books and school journals explained the basics of climate change and introduced the causes of pollution around the world.
Now we had some knowledge about polluting the oceans, we could begin our multimedia artworks.
The students Success Criteria was
- Include a sea creature as a focal point.
- Use collage techniques.
- Use recycled rubbish to tell the story of pollution in the ocean.
Writing about our artworks
Students could choose to write from the point of view of a scientist or as if they were the sea creatures.
“Oh no, a man threw a net onto me,” said the turtle. “Can you please get the rubbish out of the water. I will die if you keep polluting the oceans.
“Oh no who threw this net. I am getting tangled. I think I could die.” I looked up and saw a strange looking boat. It looked strange because more rubbish was coming down from it to the sea floor. I am getting worried. I got trapped in some plastic. How can I get out of the plastic? I wriggled and wriggled and soon I got out and swam away.
Humans are polluting the earth. We need to stop polluting the water and land. All animals are getting hurt and some will die. Sharks don't get very tangled in rubbish but whales and turtles and other sea creatures do.
My whale is trapped in a fishing net, and it can't come up to breathe. It will die if someone doesnt rescue it.
Students have learned a lot about the dangers the environment faces, and what can be done to help. They now understand what it means to be a kaitiaki or guardian of the environment.