Spring tidal exploration for Sk’aadgaa Naay students

  • Apr. 7, 2014 3:00 p.m.

Submitted article–This past week, four classes from Sk’aadgaa Naay School (teachers M. Watkins, T. Jung, J. Lagasse and S. Karrow) walked to Balance Rock beach to learn about animals and plants that live in the intertidal zones. With careful observation, reflection, research, and creative responses, students develop a caring relationship with the natural world around them. This in turn brings a sense of responsibility and stewardship. Jodie Bissett from Parks Canada assisted students in plant and animal identification and shared her knowledge of the intertidal zones. This is the first stage of a month long multi-disciplinary art-based research project combining art, science, outdoor ed., math and language. Students explore tidal areas and choose one plant or animal that they will research and later create in clay. Artists Darrell Oike and Wendy Watts are working with each class to develop art and music project extensions. This project was funded by Artstarts, PAC, and Northern Savings Credit Union. We hope to have an art show and celebration at the end of this project.

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