To introduce the 8th grade students to the relationship
of water quality in their town, Willow Springs, Missouri, located at the
headwaters of the Eleven Point River, and the quality of water in the
Eleven Point further downstream at Thomasville, Missouri.
To explore the relationship of human actions to the
quality of the environment, especially water quality.
Point and non-point pollution
Karst topography and losing streams
Since our field trip to the Eleven Point River was rained out,
there was a school field trip to the Missouri Dept. of Conservation
(MDC) Regional Headquarters in West Plains, MO. During the MDC field
trip they drew from the mounts in the lobby, listened to a talk
about the early days of Thomasville, studied benthic macroinvertebrate
specimens, and walked the nature trail identifying plants and sketching
and drawing. At the end of the day the class divided into two halves
and each half wrote and performed a skit set about resource use
during the early days of Thomasville.
Master Naturalist Tom Arth leads students along the
Drawing along the nature
Drawing from mounts in
the MDC Office
Nature Journals were used to record information
and experiences on trips to the outdoor classroom, such as results
of a scavenger hunt, lists of things seen, drawings of things seen,
and personal responses. They practiced drawing lessons in their journals
and used them frequently outdoors. They used their drawings of dolomitic
limestone to plan their karst sculptures.
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Preparation for and construction of
I challenged the class to consider the qualities and appearance of
Dolomitic Limestone (karst) and to create sculpture inspired by their
observations. The class had numerous pieces of stone to examine and
observe. First, students were introduced to ways to join and shape
clay, then asked to make drawings of pieces of dolomitic limestone,
and to take those drawings home over the weekend and design a sculpture
at least 14" tall with plenty of openings to describe the action
of our slightly acidic water on this type of stone.
Learning how to work with clay
Teams compete to make
the tallest structure using small bits of clay.
development of content for ArtStream has been funded through the Missouri
Department of Natural Resources. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Region VII, through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has
provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean