Standards Area: Social Studies (4 week course)
Course Summary: Students will examine the artistic characteristics of a the painting, “Dream of Arcadia” by Thomas Cole. Students will discuss the meaning and significance of conservation with respect to nature, and encourage conservation of a natural space with which the students are familiar.
Course Description: This course is designed for students grade 4 – 6. Inviting students to encourage conservation of a natural space with which they are familiar and include reasons for conserving this area. In doing so students develop critical thinking, citizenship skills, as well as real-world conflict resolution techniques.
Objectives: Students will be able to:
- examine the artistic characteristics of Dream of Arcadia;
- explain the meaning of ‘conservation’ and reasons for conserving natural spaces; and
- write a letter encouraging conservation of a natural space with which the students are familiar.
Lesson 1: Introduction
Welcome to "Dream of Arcadia". Students will watch a short presentation and complete reading assignment
Lesson 2: What do you see?
In this lesson students will look carefully at the painting and share their observations.
Lesson 3: What is the theme?
In this lesson students will determine the theme of the painting.
Lesson 4: What is conservation?
In this lesson students will learn the meaning of 'conservation'.
Lesson 5: Painting vs. Writing
In this lesson students will learn to compare and contrast the impact of using a painting to communicate this message versus the impact of writing a letter.
Please complete the following quiz.