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Use Crayola® Oil Pastels to capture the beauty of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef ecosystem.
Ask students to explore various resources to research the location and characteristics of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem. Invite the class to develop a set of focus questions for this investigation. Encourage a look at the varieties of interdependent living things.
Working in small groups, students use Crayola Oil Pastels on white construction paper to illustrate a small part of the ecosystem. Include several interdependent components. Refer to illustrations and photographs when drawing details, as well as gathered research when creating artwork.
Suggest students try these techniques when using oil pastels: To achieve interesting color combinations, layer colors and blend with a soft cloth or finger. To depict air bubbles in the ecosystem, fill in small circular areas with white and outline with a color. To represent energy from the sun, add radiating lines of color through the water.
Once artwork is complete, ask each group to compose a paragraph describing how their illustration visualizes Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Information gathered during the research period should be reflected in this collaborative writing piece.
Post student artwork, accompanied by writing, in a prominent place in the classroom or school corridor.
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