This resource showcases many murals throughout New York City, featuring over 100 different bird species that have been or will be impacted by climate change.
Students will be able to explore the murals, learn about the artists and the birds, and listen to the songs of each bird in the murals.
The murals are beautifully designed and represent an array of artistic styles; each student will find something that they like.
The bird song recordings really bring the artwork to life.
Students should have familiarity with climate change and how it can impact natural habitats.
This resource would work well in a science class discussing climate change and ecology or in an art class working on murals or activism through art.
Younger students will enjoy seeing the artwork, listening to the bird songs, and learning about the birds presented in the murals. Have them find a bird to draw on their own.
Advanced students could write a paper or give a presentation about how climate change is affecting birds in their local area, providing information from the mural and the additional information provided by clicking on each bird species.
This resource lends itself well to a jigsaw activity, where students each choose a mural and species, learn about it, and present their findings to a partner or the class.
Students can use Google street view to see a mural of their choice as it is in the neighborhood.
As an extension, have students learn about a bird species and create their own mural or artwork.
This resource lists the North American bird species that are endangered due to climate change. It emphasizes the significance of the arts in communicating climate information, and this will encourage the implementation of urgent climate policies to save this bird species from extinction. This resource is perfect for use in the classroom.
English Language Arts
Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
9-10.RI.10 By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Speaking & Listening (K-12)
1.SL.4 Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
6.ESS3.5 Ask clarifying questions based on evidence about the factors that have caused climate change over the past century.
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
7.LS2.4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
2.LS4.1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.