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Happy Earth Day!

Staff Photojournalist
photo by Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group

I visited Peralta Elementary School in North Oakland this week to see how they are using the arts to teach children about the environment. A story about it ran in Saturday’s paper.

Below, you’ll find the “Miraculous Fungi” animation last year’s fourth-graders produced with their teachers to explain the concept of micromediation. (Normally, I’d explain such a term myself, but I’d rather let the students tell you how it works.) Next on the list: native bees.

You can view the other animation projects here.

What does your school do to promote environmental stewardship?

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • livegreen

    This is a great piece on an Oakland school successfully mixing science and art. I note the variety of artistic mediums (drawing, painting, video, music) that helps kids explore and learn according to their interests.

    What’s also great is remembering (from previous stories) how diverse their student population is and that they’re working to bring everyone along. Mostly successfully.

    A lot like the previous mentions of Kaiser and Glenview.

    Our diverse schools “in the middle” are a model for how shared resources can benefit our diverse population.