Creative Sustainability - Picturing Plants

Creative Sustainability - Picturing Plants

Lesson 3 of 6 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 4
  • The Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students explore the plants in the school yard, focusing on leaf variation. They begin by creating a word cloud of terms relating to plants, and think about why we need plants. Students are then asked to observe a range of different plant materials (such as bark, twigs, seeds, etc.) and then focus specifically on leaves and the variety of leaf veins (venation). They will then participate in an observational drawing activity to represent a range of different types of leaves, and finally will share their favourite drawing with the class. 

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand that there are a great variety of plants and leaves
  • understand why plants are important
  • practice and develop observational drawing skills and are able to select the techniques that are best suited to different subjects

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • name the parts of a plant
  • describe what leaf venation is
  • give a reason for why plants are important
  • use a range of colour pencil or pen drawing and colouring techniques
  • use the observation technique to draw a picture of a plant

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Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 3 & 4 Visual Arts:

  • Use materials, techniques and processes to explore visual conventions when making artworks (ACAVAM111)
  • Present artworks and describe how they have used visual conventions to represent their ideas (ACAVAM112)

Year 3 Science:

  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)

Year 4 Science:

  • Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)

Syllabus outcomes: VAS2.1, VAS2.2, ST2-10LW, ST2-11LW.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.2.

Relevant parts of Year 3 & 4 Visual Arts achievement standards: Students discuss how they and others organise the elements and processes in artworks. They plan and make artworks that communicate ideas.

Relevant parts of Year 3 Science achievement standards: Students group living things based on observable features and distinguish them from non-living things. 

Relevant parts of Year 4 Science achievement standards: Students describe relationships that assist the survival of living things.

Unit of work: Creative Sustainability – Year 3 & 4.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussions, lead students in game and outdoor observation, oversee cartoon creation.

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This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking

Additional info

Faber-Castell has long understood the importance of creativity to all people, especially to young people. It is also continuously searching for environmentally friendly processes and high-quality materials to enhance children’s creative experience throughout every development phase. For more information about Faber-Castell, click here.

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