|Adult cicada Wikipedia: Public Domain|
I first became aware of cicadas when I was in nursery school. My mom thought my siblings and I were poking holes in the yard, but then we all saw them emerge! I was fascinated by these creatures and then a little horrified when I realized how many there were in the yard. We collected the nymph skins as they molted to their adult stage. We were generally obsessed with our new visitors.This was the first time I learned about life cycles and cicadas have an intriguing story to tell. That fascination with the natural world and life cycles has stayed with me all of my life.
|Cicada nymph molting Wikipedia: Public domain|
I am creating a web-based resource for teachers and kids 5 to 10 years old to inspire environmental stewardship. The foundation for Anim8Nature will be a series of short animated life cycles. Writing and art-making activities will explore concepts presented in the animations. Animated documentary is about facts; writing and art-making are about creativity and imagination. Active learning experiences will be designed to stimulate critical thinking and deepen student understanding of who we are and our place on Earth.
Stay tuned as I document my process, the resources I discover and see the animations as they come to life.
Kristin Reiber Harris
You can learn more about my work on my website