Fig Trees & Birds Inspired by Wangari Maathai: Art Lesson for Grades K-4

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These whimsical birds in fig trees are inspired by the gorgeous illustrations in the informational picture book Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prevot and Aurélia Fronty.

Wangari Maathai won the Nobel Peace Prize for her environmental work as the founder of the Green Belt Movement to save forests in Kenya. This project is great for Black History Month and Earth Day, and ties in well with science curriculums.

We create these paintings with oil pastels and tempera paint on construction paper. Younger children draw one bird and older students can draw several.

Time Required: 45 minutes-1 hour + about 10 minutes at the next class.

The 16-page project includes:

· Project Overview + Learning Objectives

· Recommended Resources

· Supplies

· Detailed Photo Tutorial

· Samples

· Student Gallery

· How to Draw a Bird

· Handout of 8 Bird Ideas

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Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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