Reflection: Rigor What "Eggs-actly" Is Going On Here? - Section 1: Engage - Draw What You Saw


Draw What You Saw is a term or strategy that I created to add rigor and variety to my classroom. Drawing is spatial learning or "picture smart" (Howard Gardner 1983). Drawing incorporates both teacher-inspired learning and student inspired learning. Learners like to draw and learn through drawing such as models, graphs, charts, photographs, drawings, 3-D modeling, and text with pictures.

I think it is especially important for students to draw in science. I know that students can express their thoughts and ideas clearly when they draw, even if they are not the next Picasso! I find great success when students draw in their Science Journal (Notebook), on a lab worksheet, for a formative assessment, or on paper, just to communicate an idea. As students draw, ask them to use colored pencils to enhance their drawing and to label the parts of their drawing. Labeling is beneficial for my understanding but also for when the student looks back at their work. 

Draw What You Saw. Try it! Students will love it too.

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What "Eggs-actly" Is Going On Here?

Unit 8: Matter and Atoms
Lesson 6 of 12

Objective: SWBAT diagram and analyze how matter has density.

Big Idea: What is density? How does it relate to me? Students investigate the concept of density through several hands-on interactions.

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Science, density, physical property, physical properties of matter, mattter
  45 minutes
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