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Community Gardens and Propaganda Poster

Lesson Description:
Students will be able to…
  • Analyze meanings in their work and the work of others.
  • Understand the connection between art and other disciplines.
  • Recognize the effect of environmental factors on health.
  • Interpret historical time line data.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how people’s choices can effect the environment.
  • Apply art media, techniques, and processes to create a persuasive poster.

Lesson Type:
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening
  • Other

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge

Time Needed:
Three 50-minute class periods
Standards Addressed:
Standards: Students will…

Visual Art Connections Standard 1: Understand connections among the various art forms and other disciplines.
  • Benchmark #4: Know how various concepts and principles are used in the arts and disciplines outside the arts (e.g., balance, shape,pattern).

Visual Art Standard 1: Understand and apply media, techniques, and processes related to the visual arts.
  • Benchmark #2: Know how the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes can be used to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

Visual Art Standard 5: Understand the characteristics and merits of one's own artwork and the artwork. of others.
  • Benchmark #2: Understand possible contemporary and historic meanings in specific artworks.
  • Benchmark #3: Understand how one’s own artworks, as well as artworks from various eras and cultures, may elicit a variety of responses.

Health Standard 2: Know environmental and external factors that affect individual and community health.
  • Benchmark #1: Know cultural beliefs, socioeconomic considerations, and other environmental factors within a community that influence the health of its members (e.g., relationship of values, socioeconomic status, and cultural experiences to the selection of health-care services).
  • Benchmark #3: Know local, state, federal, and international efforts to contain an environmental crisis and prevent a recurrence (e.g., acid rain, oil spills, solid waste contamination, nuclear leaks, ozone depletion).

History Standard 1: Understand and know how to analyze chronological relationships and patterns.
  • Benchmark #3: Know how to interpret data presented in time lines (e.g., identify the time at which events occurred; the sequence in which events developed; what else was occurring at the time).

History Standard 44: Understand the search for community, stability, and peace in an interdependent world.
  • Benchmark #6: Understand the emergence of a global culture (e.g., connections between electronic communications, international marketing, and the rise of a popular "global culture" in the late 20th century; how modern arts have expressed and reflected social transformations, political changes, and how they have been internationalized).

Geography Standard 14: Understand how human actions modify the physical environment.
  • Benchmark #1: Understand the environmental consequences of people changing the physical environment (e.g., the effects of ozone depletion, climate change, deforestation, land degradation, soil salinization and acidification, ocean pollution, groundwater-quality decline, using natural wetlands for recreational and housing development).

Materials Needed:
  • 11x17 inch white paper
  • Pencils
  • Erasers

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf CommunityGarden1.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf CommunityGarden2.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf CommunityGarden3.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf CommunityGarden4.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf CommunityGardensNew.pdf

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