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Early Elementary-Age Sanctuary Education Lesson Plan #4

The graphic shows a hand drawn outline of a lesson plan. The title, "Curricula and Lesson Plans" is in green text at the top with a yellow background. There is a text box below the title that is light peach in color with a description of the lesson's learning objectives and learning outcomes. There is a small white text box inside this box on the left that reads: "Topic: Art as Activism, Approximate Duration: 3-3.5 hours, Age: Early Elementary". Underneath the text in this white box is a drawing of a person with short brown hair wearing a red beanie. They are leaning against a pink pig who is smiling. Behind them there are paint splatters and small children's drawings of farmed animals. Underneath the peach text box, there are two side by side white text boxes. The first one describes the lesson's materials and the second one describes the additional resources to check out. Underneath these two text boxes is a horizontal spread of nine small drawings: a daily routine calendar, laptop screen, chalkboard, magnifying glass, the Open Sanctuary Project's logo of a globe sitting on top of an open book with farmed animals on top, a clapperboard, a film reel, footprints, and a tent. Behind these drawings is a pink background.
Please scroll to the bottom of this resource for the downloadable version of the entire lesson plan!

Introduction

Art is a powerful form of communication and storytelling, particularly for children. In this lesson plan, early elementary-age sanctuary participants are given the opportunity to examine how art relates to community advocacy for farmed animals as they are guided through the project of creating a sanctuary-based mural. The ultimate goal of this lesson is to empower participants to think about art as another creative way to bring more visibility and awareness to the issues that farmed animals face.

As with every educational program we create, please leave room to edit, modify, and adapt the activities, questions, and materials based on your sanctuary and audience’s specific needs. Built-in flexibility is an important aspect of effective educational design. This lesson was created to be used in conjunction with the first early elementary-age lesson plan, as it requires participants to have enough background knowledge on farmed animals to plan and contribute to the creation of the mural’s theme and execution. This is the only early elementary-age lesson plan that is dependent on sequence. In the beginning of this lesson plan, it would be very helpful to ask the learners to recall the information they remember from the first early elementary-age lesson plan. That way, they already have the background knowledge needed to select a theme or message for the mural project in the first part of the workshop. If you’d like to use this as a standalone lesson, just be sure to adapt the learning plan to include any information on farmed animals that will be necessary for participants to select a message to convey on the mural. Please also check out the introduction to our first early elementary-age lesson plan for important things to consider as you develop and implement the fourth early elementary-age lesson plan at your sanctuary (e.g. positionalities, language use, modifications for people with disabilities, common core learning standards, and more).

Below, you will find a form to fill out to receive this lesson plan. This lesson plan is the fourth and final part of a multi-part sanctuary education program for early elementary-age children. It can be adapted and used by sanctuary educators and representatives as a standalone lesson or ideally, as part of a long-term program with early elementary-age lesson plans one, two, and three!

Effective For Other Species Populations
While this lesson plan was created with farmed animals in mind, it can easily and effectively be adapted for other species populations!

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Updated on April 14, 2022

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