Reflection: Modeling Scientific Drawings - Section 2: Mini Lesson


Many times I have thought I was "modeling" for students by just doing an example on the board, or reviewing examples in a book.  However, as I began "thinking aloud", I realized more than just the product was being worked out. 

Students need to learn to "get into their heads" and expand their metacognition.  As we think aloud during modeling, we are engaging students in the thinking that happens while producing. This will lead to more observant, accurate work, as students become aware of their decision making and problem solving skills. 

As you try this lesson, be sure to "think aloud" about the drawing.  Try not to just draw the seed out and label the parts.  Get into your head and express it to your students. 

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Scientific Drawings

Unit 2: Structures of Life: Seeds
Lesson 7 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to observe the details of a germinating seed and draw it scientifically.

Big Idea: Students need opportunities to observe carefully for detail. Scientific drawing is not only a skill to be enhanced, but it is also a way into the skill of observation for young scientists.

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Science, germination, scientific drawing, detail, labels
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