Just as visual literacy has a place in the social studies curriculum, so too should it also play a prominent role in the the science activities happening in the classroom.
One of the most inspiring texts I have read on this subject is Moon Journals: Writing, Art, and Inquiry Through Focused Nature Study by Joni Chancer and Gina Rester-Zodrow.
Using the moon as the focus of study, teachers and students alike explored this natural masterpiece, its cycles and effects on Earth, and its legends and stories. This journey led in many directions as the observers studied, questioned, contemplated, and responded to their findings.
This is what learning is all about! When students are this engaged in the learning process, they don’t see learning as hard work or an inconvenient waste of their time. They excitedly explore and study on their own, eager to broaden their own knowledge and share their new-found ideas/facts/etc. with others.
Being able to respond to learning in their own ways and express themselves through stories, poems, and various types of art is the great strength of the “Moon Journal” process.
Sky Tree by Thomas Locker and Candace Christiansen presents a visual look at how this same process could be used with a different theme: the changing of the seasons.