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Lesson #3 of Emotive Art Unit


Painting, Visual Art Analysis


K, 1st, 2nd


Visual and Performing Arts


50 minutes

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey


Google Docs, Google Slides


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Caring for Our Oceans (Emotive Art #3)

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Feb 21, 2024
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This lesson engages students with an environmental issue and allows them to use their artistic skills to create an artwork about caring for the oceans. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students read Somebody Swallowed Stanley and discuss the colors and emotions in the book.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students practice art techniques.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students create artworks about oceans and display them around their school or local community for others to view.
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Teaching Tips


  • Students learn about caring for the ocean through the reading of Somebody Swallowed Stanley.

  • Students practice artistic techniques in their own artwork.

  • Students are taking climate action through the awareness created in their artworks.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is lesson 3 of 3 in our K-2nd grade Emotive Art unit.

  • Teacher will need to decide artwork materials to be used and organize them prior to the lesson.


  • The artistic format is open for the teacher to decide based on student abilities and prior knowledge.

  • Students can be supported in the creation of the artwork by having examples on display or pre-cutting collaging materials if this mode is chosen.

  • Students could be extended by adding their own description to their artworks.

Scientist Notes

This lesson allows students to learn about how to create an appealing piece of art to communicate the impact of environmental degradation by human activities and to also lead in climate action. On that account, this lesson is recommended for teaching.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

Primary Standards

  • Visual & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 2 - Organizing and developing ideas.
      • 1.5.2.Cr2a: Through experimentation, build skills and knowledge of materials and tools through various approaches to art making.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpreting intent and meaning.
      • 1.5.2.Re8a: Categorize and describe works of art, by identifying subject matter, details, mood, and formal characteristics.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 11 - Relating artistic ideas and works within societal, cultural, and historical contexts to deepen understanding.
      • 1.5.2.Cn11b: Describe why people from different places and times make art about different issues, including climate change.


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