Happy Sunday everyone! Sunday means Stacia and Amanda over at Collaboration Cuties are having their fabulous mentor text linky. This time... science! (This is my day of crazy pinning of all the great books that teachers share!)
There are so many great books for science, but this one is perfect for the beginning of the school year to introduce science tools. It is also great for a conversation about making observations.
Friendly warning: Proceed with caution when using the phrase, "naked eye" with your students. They will probably not hear anything you will have said from that point on, except the fact that you just said naked! Hee-hee!
This is a great book to use when introducing science tools. I ask students how the author was able to capture these pictures. The discussion begins!
I put together tubs of various items. We start off exploring with one tool at a time.
Day 1: Using a magnifying glass
Day 2: Using loupes/Private Eyes. Loupes are the tool jewelers use when analyzing gem stones. We talk about the correct way to use them and then cleaning the loupes after we are finished.
Day 3: ProScopes! Students love these! They are attached to the computer through a USB plug. Our team wrote a grant for a several ProScopes. I'm so excited to see that they are now wireless and can be used with iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches.
The first thing student use the ProScope for is to see their skin....then, their hair...and finally, if they have a willing participant, inside the ear! It really is kind of disgusting, but cool!
Once students are comfortable using the tools, I use the book and tools as one of our literacy station.
I set out a tub of new items and have students complete the observation sheet.
The great thing about the ProScopes, is that it has video capability as well as the capability to capture a picture. I have had my students create a Guess the Object-2 slide presentation with PowerPoint.
(Picture of the up close item, some descriptive words and finally the answer on the next slide.)
I combine all the slides for one presentation.
Here is a picture of the sheet that I put at the station. It really helps if you draw an example so students can see what is expected in the circle.
I revived it a bit and created these sheets to go with the book.
You are more than welcome to download it. Click on the picture for a free copy.
Found this cute site that will allow you to guess the mystery picture. Click on the picture to take you to the link.
Head over to Collaboration Cuties to check out all the other fabulous mentor texts related to science!