Educator Idea Exchange

Teachers and others participating in the Missing Species Report project are encouraged to share their experiences using the curriculum and assisting students prepare their reports and posters, as well as suggestions for other resource material. Also welcome are ideas for displaying the posters.

3 Comments on Educator Idea Exchange

  1. Sara Wood says:

    “I teach the environmental science resource special education room for 9th graders at Cherokee High School. So I am working with a lot of different levels of students within my one class. I didn’t want to just use the elementary, middle, or high school (curriculum) so I looked at all of the information. It fit into my curriculum just great. We did a huge unit on ecosystems (populations, abiotic factors, biotic factors, endangered species, keystone species, etc.) The students really enjoyed it. I used a lot of your resources, including some of the videos that were provided and it helped bring a nice discussion to the classroom. Next year I will definitely take more time with this project and have the students use more of your resources. This is my second year teaching this curriculum so I am still trying to see what I am able to do in a year.”
    Sarah (Frazier) Wood
    Cherokee High School South
    Special Education Department
    Marlton, NJ

  2. Li-TIng Hung says:

    Our K-5th grade students at The Bush School truly were proud to participate in the Missing Species Report Project. The educational values of the Missing Species project are more that raise awareness of human impact of eco-footprint; in addition students took action through visual art and the arts advacacy to help raise awareness and educate the public. I found the supporting material really useful. For visual arts project, the images of the endangered species were particularly helpful. There were a few of them that were not available to print out online through the website, and that made it a bit harder for the students to choose those species.
    I understand and support the curriculum to include only 10 Missing Species. However, it is hard for the students to make personal connections and emotional investment in the species they have very little background. We explored the 10 Missing Species on the website and in addition, we explored other species that out students care deeply about. They were very passionate about the species they have chosen and that special connection makes the Missing Poster more powerful. My believe is that we should raise awareness before the species go on the Endangered Species list. To conclude, I hope that this program will continue next year and make a splash in the publish.

  3. Jeanne Dodds says:

    I have worked with the Missing Species Reports with students in several contexts: at community environmental festivals, during out of school time programs, and as part of summer visual arts workshops. One key idea that came about through the use of this curriculum is that there are a broad range of possibilities for poster display. For one program, we had a formal visual arts show at a cultural arts center during the month of May in honor of Endangered Species Day (May 20th, 2016). In another class, my students took their MSR posters and hung them independently in community centers and around their neighborhood. At the environmental festivals, the posters were hung around the event spaces so that attendees could view the images and read about the species. There are many ways to display student work, from hanging the art in the hallways of your school or planning a gallery show, or simply walking around your neighborhood and posting the images in an approved public space. I like the flexibility that the curriculum offers and the innovative way that it empowers students to use their art for environmental advocacy.

    Jeanne Dodds
    Teaching Artist
    Seattle, WA

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