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Overview


Subject/Sub-Subject: Science/Life Science


Title: Life In A Box Robert Hooke


Summary:

Participants closely analyze documents in a single box to discover the identity of a particular person. Groups of participants then share what they have learned to identify a unifying theme and create an exhibition to represent their ideas. Participants also discuss the use of primary sources as clues to engage students in inquiry-based learning.


Understanding Goal

Inventors stick to an idea until it works.

Investigative Question

What person is represented and why is he/she important?

Grade(s): 5, K
Audience: Special Education
Learners: Ten self contained students in a emotional disabilities program.
Required Vocabulary: N/A
Prior Content Knowledge: N/A
Standards

Virginia Standards of Learning
The student will investigate and understand that organisms are made of cells and have distinguishing characteristics.

Field Tests

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Sources

Life In A Box Robert Hooke

Understanding Goal

Inventors stick to an idea until it works.

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[Cellular structure of cork plant and cells of a honeycomb, with cork plant branch below] [Microscope and other scientific apparatus] [Microscopic view of blue fly and fly wing at right] Parliament offering the crown to William III and Mary / from a picture by James Northcote, R.A.

Required Materials


Directions

Formal Assessment

Step 1 Post Understanding Goal and Investigative Question where students can easily refer to them.
Step 2 Introduce learning process by practicing with the "What's in your pocket" activity.
Step 3 Prepare boxes with the printed Library of Congress images. Print each collection of images front to back so that each image has a specific number. Place all images for a subject in a box. Add other artifacts and/or pictures from other sources as necessary that may pertain to this subject.
Step 4 Distribute boxes to participants.
Step 5 Ask participants who have opened all items to examine the entire contents of the box in order to: Describe and determine what the item is. Think about questions related to the item, e.g. "when is this from?" "what can this tell me about an inventor or his/her work?" Make a guess about to whom the item is referring and what it tells us about that inventor's life. Use the Student Worksheet to facilitate examining the items.
Step 6 Discuss how the primary sources give understanding and insight into an artist's life and work. What new characteristic about the inventor might be evident from the primary sources?
Step 7 Suggest follow-up activities.

Best Practices


Analysis of Student Learning


Students were excited as to see what was inside the box and how it would relate to what they had learned. They were engaged and had fun trying to figure out some of the artifacts and pictures. For the most part they were successful. This activity was used to reinforce prior knowledge and review for state standardized tests.


Analysis of Best Instructional Practices (learn more)

Differentiated Instruction Differentiated Instruction (learn more)

Process

Grouping Learners

Literacy Instruction Literacy Instruction(learn more)

Visual

Teaching for Understanding Teaching for Understanding(learn more)

Assessing Understanding

Learners Explain Thinking

Technology Integration Technology Integration(learn more)

Content Presented

Reflections and Recommendations


Can be time consuming to create and put together a variety of boxes, however the students had a lot of fun with this activity therefore a great learning experience and a good method to review important persons. A great concept but may to to tailor for the specific grade level and abilities.


Credits

Authors and Contributors

christy hrozencik
Armstrong Elementary School, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia

Library of Congress Items

Library of Congress items used in this Lesson Plan.

Thumbnail Library of Congress Item
[Cellular structure of cork plant and cells of a honeycomb, with cork plant branch below] Hooke, R. 1665. [Cellular structure of cork plant and cells of a honeycomb, with cork plant branch below]. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs.
[Microscope and other scientific apparatus] Unknown. 1665. [Microscope and other scientific apparatus]. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs.
[Microscopic view of blue fly and fly wing at right] Unknown. 1665. [Microscopic view of blue fly and fly wing at right]. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs.
Parliament offering the crown to William III and Mary / from a picture by James Northcote, R.A. Unknown. 1912. Parliament offering the crown to William III and Mary / from a picture by James Northcote, R.A. Library of Congress: Prints & Photographs.