Objective: Children will learn about veterinarians as community helpers and the tools they use; children will also make animal x-ray art.
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Note: You will need to search the Internet for images of “Aboriginal art of a lizard” and animal x-rays.
Veterinarians are community helpers. They are doctors who care for animals. Doctors who care for people use tools such as a stethoscope, medicine, bandages, computer, and x-rays. Veterinarians use the same types of tools to take care of animals. X-rays of an animal’s body help veterinarians identify ailments that may be affecting an animal. X-rays are special pictures that show the insides of a person or animal. The pictures show bones, muscles, and organs.
Aboriginal artwork comes from the native Aborigines of Australia. The variety of different styles of Aboriginal artwork includes naturalistic and non-naturalistic art. Abstract styles, geometric patterns, and dot painting are among the many different styles of non-naturalistic Aboriginal art. A very distinctive style of Aboriginal art is known as x-ray art. This style of artwork is known for showing delicate detail and for including bones and internal organs of the animal. These pieces of artwork reflect the Aborigines’ extensive knowledge of the animals.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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