Illustrated Graphs: Using Art to Enliven Scientific Data

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8
Organization:Science Friday
Publication Date:2016
Summary:artist and scientist Jill Pelto combines art with scientific data to raise awareness about climate change. By enlivening data with illustration, she tells a story about the effects of many climate factors, from ice cap melting to decreasing ability for fish to properly navigate. In this exercise, you will select a scientific graph that addresses an important real-world issue, create an illustrated graph from that origical, and craft an effective artist's statement that connects the two. Once you're done, keep an eye out for other ways you can merge science with art. The possibilities are endless!
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.C; ESS3.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS3-3; MS-ESS3-4; MS-ESS3-5
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Stability and change
Subjects: activities; art; climate change; data
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