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ArtStream West Plains Elementary

Local artist Pat Hight taught nature journaling and scientific illustration. Educational Programs specialist Wanda Byrd conducted sessions on water quality and nature poetry.

For this ArtStream project, students at West Plains Elementary 4th grade learned Nature Journaling and Nature Poetry while studying watersheds and water pollution.

Learning Tools:

SlideshowNature Poetry Process  Slideshow

Download handouts: Nature Poetry Exercises

How Much Water?  Slideshow

West Plains Watersheds Students learned about their own watershed, Howell Creek, and the animals living in this watershed.

Howell Creek flows through West Plains. See the West Plains Watersheds map.
They had live crawfish and frogs, as well as a stuffed armadillo, for their drawings.
You're an armadillo! I'm a treefrog! Where's my tree?
Drawings from observing live crayfish

Collaborating teachers:
Kathy Grigsby, art teacher (pictured at left);
Cindy Rasor, Kathy Barr, Jodi Ruch, Peggy Pennington, and Tracy Waggoner, classroom teachers;
Kathy Davis, computer teacher.

At right, artist Pat Hight works with students on their drawings.

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The 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 Water Act.