Reflection: High Expectations An Observation is More Than I Can See - Section 2: Procedure


When I assigned to my students the task of drawing, describing and labeling shells, rocks, feathers, I thought that I would get the same work that I usually get--a rough outline of the shell's shape and then scribbling in whatever color that the student chose.  I was pleasantly surprised to see the time and effort that most children took to make their picture resemble the actual item as closely as possible.  I took the time to model what I expected and not expected in their drawings, and it paid off.  One of the rules was to not trace the item, but instead observe the shape, was it rough or smooth, what colors or was it just one color?  The children used their hand lens to look deeply at the different colors, too.  I was quite pleased with the results.

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An Observation is More Than I Can See

Unit 7: Merging Literacy into Science and Social Studies
Lesson 3 of 8

Objective: SWBAT use their five senses and then write about their observations. Student Observation: I can use my senses to help me write about something.

Big Idea: Writers are like scientists when they use all their senses to share their observations.

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