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Database Provider

Author

National Audubon Society

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Types

  • Artwork
  • Article

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York, New York City

The Audubon Mural Project

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Synopsis
  • 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.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • 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.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have familiarity with climate change and how it can impact natural habitats. 

Differentiation

  • 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. 
Scientist Notes
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.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
  • English Language Arts
    • Reading (K-12)
      • R.9-12.12 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • Visual and Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard C1 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • D.C1.6-8acc.a Explain how the method of display, the location, and the experience of an artwork influence how it is perceived and valued.
      • D.C1.9-12prof.b Analyze how experiencing visual imagery affects the viewer’s understanding of the world.
      • D.C1.9-12adv.b Determine and evaluate the contexts that generate art trends and the impact that the trends have on the cultures in which they exist.
    • Visual Arts: Standard D2 - Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical contexts to deepen understanding.
      • D.D2.6-8acc Analyze how response to art is influenced by understanding the time and place in which it was created, the available resources, and cultural uses.
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