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Overview


Subject/Sub-Subject: Science/Other, Math/Geometry


Title: Science Process Skills/Inference & Observation (Zoom In)


Summary:

This zoom in introduces students to the concept of inference, an important science skill.


Understanding Goal

Inference and observation are influenced by perspective.

Investigative Question

How can primary sources help us develop scientific skills?

Grade(s): 7, 1
Audience: General
Learners:
Required Vocabulary: N/A
Prior Content Knowledge: N/A
Standards

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Sources

Science Process Skills/Inference & Observation (Zoom In)

Understanding Goal

Inference and observation are influenced by perspective.

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School Gardens, birds eye view, 1912, Delaware St., New York, NY School Gardens, children in garden, 1912, Delaware St., New York, NY

Required Materials

Files

hendricks.ppt

Directions

Investigation

Step 1 After a observation and inference warm-up the students were presented with a PowerPoint presentation (Zoom In). One block was revealed at a time with questions leading to better observation and for inferences to be made. The final block was revealed to view the whole picture. We engaged in a classroom discussion about the importance of observation and the need for the whole picture in order to verify the inference. I also showed the birds eye view of the garden to give them another perspective. I transferred their experience with the picture to occasions where they will use observation and inference in science. It also demonstrated the need for careful observation and to consider all the facts. The assessment was made through class comments.

Best Practices


Analysis of Student Learning


The students used good observation skills to make inferences based upon pieces of the picture as they were uncovered. They built upon their previous observations and delved further into the picture and the possibilities.


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Reflections and Recommendations


The students used good observation skills to make inferences based upon pieces of the picture as they were uncovered. They built upon their previous observations and delved further into the picture and the possibilities.


Credits

Authors and Contributors

Tobie Hendricks
Williamsburg Middle School, Arlington County Public Schools, Virginia

Library of Congress Items

Library of Congress items used in this Lesson Plan.

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School Gardens, birds eye view, 1912, Delaware St., New York, NY Unknown. n.d.. School Gardens, birds eye view, 1912, Delaware St., New York, NY. Library of Congress: American Memory, American Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920: a Study Collection from the Harvard Graduate.
School Gardens, children in garden, 1912, Delaware St., New York, NY Unknown. n.d.. School Gardens, children in garden, 1912, Delaware St., New York, NY. Library of Congress: American Memory, American Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920: a Study Collection from the Harvard Graduate.