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Observation and inference
In Intrigue of the Past, page 1.4
In their study of observation and inference, students will use activity sheets and coins to differentiate between observation and inference through a problem-solving approach, and demonstrate their knowledge by analyzing an archaeological artifact and creating their own observation-inference statements.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 Visual Arts Education and Social Studies)
Science is a puzzle: Lessons in observation
Simple, fun activities using observation to introduce students to the scientific process.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 Science)
By Cindy Ellis.
Summit Observation Deck on Mount Mitchell
Summit Observation Deck on Mount Mitchell
This is the Summit Observation Deck on Mount Mitchell. Mount Mitchell is the highest peak in eastern North America, towering at 6,684 feet. It is named after Elisha Mitchell, a University of North Carolina professor who returned to the mountain in 1857 to...
Format: image/photograph
Interior of a groundhog kiln
In Clays of the Piedmont: Origins, recovery, and use, page 15
Figure 17 shows the interior of a groundhog kiln during firing. Note the cherry-red color of the pots as the clay within them fuses together to make them hard and impervious. This is where the magical transformation of mud to stone occurs. This photograph...
By Dirk Frankenberg.
Observing other teachers
Learning from other teachers is an important means of professional development. Here are some suggestions for observing successful teachers in your school, in other schools, and on the web.
By Kathleen Casson.
"Native Carolinians" additional activities
In Two worlds: Educator's guide, page 2.10
These lessons from the UNC Research Laboratories of Archaeology's Intrigue of the Past can be used as additional activities for the digital history textbook module "Two Worlds: Prehistory, Contact, and the Lost Colony."
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Pauline S. Johnson.
Tabletop grids
Students will play a review game in small groups using large grids to develop skill in locating and naming points on grid maps.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 and 5 Mathematics)
By Monica Delanoy.
Geometry and art: Art museum post-visit
This is the third lesson in a three-part unit integrating math, writing and visual arts. In this integrated lesson, students apply their knowledge of geometry by organizing and displaying information in graphs with correct labeling. Students then compare and analyze graphs. Finally, with this information students create a geometric design.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Visual Arts Education and Mathematics)
By Loretta Hopper.
Ravana plots Sita's abduction
In The Ramayana, page 2.6
This detail on a painted mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple depicts the demon king Ravana siting on a royal pavillion platform and gesturing with twenty arms (ten emerging from each shoulder). Ravana is speaking to another blue-faced demon partially seen at...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Sell me on Dewey!
Students create short, snappy, written commercials about the main categories in the Dewey Decimal System. Commercials are viewed by the class to reinforce Dewey and help students locate books in the Library Media Center. Dewey Commercials can be used in Library Media Center Orientation for grades 3-5.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–5 Information Skills)
By Sonja Beckham.
Reading images: an introduction to visual literacy
Images are all around us, and the ability to interpret them meaningfully is a vital skill for students to learn.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault and David Walbert.
'Tis the season...for observations
In The First Year, page 2.8
When you're facing an observation, keep your focus on your students, and think of it as an opportunity to work with administrators and gain a new perspective on your teaching.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Dinosaur math
The children will be involved in several different activities (graphing, sorting and classifying, patterning) rotating to each station during the lesson.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By RobinC Adams.
How does your flower grow?
Students will develop science process skills by observing plants in various conditions and recording their observation over a period of time
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Science)
By Bobbie Toler.
Dictionary guide words: How do they guide us?
Students have difficulty locating words in a dictionary. This lesson will allow students to learn how to use guide words in a dictionary to locate words.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Anne Campbell and Carol Troutman.
Looking closely at a tree: Introduction to phenotype
In this lesson, students will sharpen their observation skills by looking closely at the parts of a slender tree branch. After learning the terms phenotype and genotype in a presentation and class discussion, they will examine the cambium layer and an apical bud from their branches under a microscope.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Science)
By Harold Mackin.
We read every day!
Through observation outside of the classroom, students will gather and bring to class five items that exhibit different sources of information comprised of more complex vocabulary.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
Geometry and art: Art museum pre-visit
This lesson is the first of a three-part unit integrating math, writing and visual arts. In this discovery learning activity, students look at and compare two works of art. The paintings are quite different, but they contain many examples of geometric shapes. Students then complete a comment sheet, explaining what is similar and different about the works of art. This lesson can be used alone or used to prepare students for an art museum visit.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Visual Arts Education)
By Loretta Hopper.
Growing cooties
This lesson teaches the importance of washing hands to reduce the spread of germs. In this lesson, students will see mold develop over time on a potato as the result of handling the potato with dirty hands.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Healthful Living)
By Ronda Odenwelder.
Twisters in a jar
The class will discuss the motion, causes and effects of a tornado. The student will also be able to name the safety steps one should take when a tornado occurs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Science)
By Andrea Allen.