ERIC Number: ED401103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Viewfinders: A Visual Environmental Literacy Curriculum. Elementary Unit: Exploring Community Appearance and the Environment.
Dunn Foundation, Warwick, RI.
Recognizing that community growth and change are inevitable, Viewfinders' goals are as follows: to introduce students and teachers to the concept of the visual environment; enhance an understanding of the interrelationship between the built and natural environment; create an awareness that the visual environment affects the economy and quality of life; develop appreciation for community appearance and encourage a critical analysis of it; and develop an understanding of the mechanisms by which change in the visual environment can be implemented. Students are provided with opportunities to solve problems through eight hands-on community oriented activities. Each activity contains ten sections: focus, time, outcomes, subject areas, skills, teacher preparation, materials, procedure, discussion, and extensions/homework. The teacher's section of the guide discusses using a team approach, student roles, taking students outdoors, guided imagery in the classroom, and student assessment. The activities in the unit incorporate art, language arts, math, science, and social studies content. Contains 51 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Community Responsibility, Critical Thinking, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Environmental Education, Hands on Science, Interdisciplinary Approach, Problem Solving, Visual Literacy
Dunn Foundation, 25 Bellows Street, Warwick, RI 02888.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dunn Foundation, Warwick, RI.
Note: The twelve proprietary commercial photographs of various landscapes, used with Activity 1-3, are not included with the ERIC copy.