Students are doing research in the computer lab on a Missouri
critter selected from a list. Research includes information on how human
activity has had a beneficial or harmful effect on the organism, the place
of the animal in a food chain, and its habitat. The students study
includes polluted run-off as a specific human activity.
Upon completion of the research, students will produce a
movie using "Movie Maker" in the computer lab. In their homeroom
classroom, students write poems and informative reports using the materials
on the Watershed Atlas website. In the art classroom, students are experiencing
linoleum printing and nature journaling.
School: West Plains Elementary Lead teacher: Cindy Rasor Artist in residence: Pat Hight Collaborating teachers: Cindy Rasor,
Tracy Waggoner, Jodi Ficken, Brandi Montgomery, Kathy Grigsby, Kathy Davis,
Jackie Wright, Sarah Gatewood Grade level: 4 Number of students involved: 140 Subject areas: Science, Communication Arts
SC 4 Changes in Ecosystems and Interactions of Organisms with their
Environment, 1, 4 a. Identify the ways a specific organism may interact
with other organisms or with the environment., b. Recognize different
environments support the life of different types of plants and animals.
SC 4, 1 D, 4a, Identify examples in Missouri where human activity
has had a beneficial or harmful effect on other organisms.
SC 4, 2 A, 4 a. Classify populations of organisms as producers,
consumers, or decomposers by the role they serve in the ecosystem. b.
Differentiate between the three types of consumers (herbivore, carnivore,
omnivore). c. Categorize organisms as predator or prey in a given ecosystem.
CA Writing, 3 Write effectively in various forms and types of writing.
E, 4 Write informational reports, diary/journal entries .in a format
appropriate to an intended audience and purpose.
CA Information Literacy, 1 Develop and apply effective research
process skills to gather analyze, and evaluate information. B, 4 Locate
and use various resources to find information on keywords and questions.
CA Information Literacy, 1DAER, C. 4 Identify relevant information
and record main ideas and important details in own words.
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
The West Plains Elementary School 2007 ArtStream Project also received funding support from the following sources:
Coover Foundation Grant, through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks
West Plains Noon Rotary Club
Heart of the Ozarks United Way
80 hours of support from these dedicated volunteers: Adrianna, Christina, Sandra,Vickie, Kevin, Carla, and Tom. Thanks to each of you!