Wildlife in Winter January 31, 2012 | By Amy Goicoechea
During the past few weeks, local second graders have been connecting art and science through our program Wildlife in Winter. We begin by reading a book together and following a discussion about winter survival needs, students view paintings that depict migratory, adaptive, and hibernation behavior. As part of the school’s curriculum, students pick an animal to study for the school year and while visiting the Museum, they are invited to find their own in the galleries. The visit ends in the classrooms where students create a puppet.
The program helps support Teton County’s second grade life science unit, the writing of an “all about” book featuring an animal of Jackson Hole, and speaking and listening standards. Through the cross-disciplinary use of the permanent collection, students learn about an animal’s ability to survive winter through adaptation, migration, and hibernation. They also learn that wildlife artists, like biologists, are excellent observers and naturalists.