Drawing on Student Understanding: Using illustrations to invoke deeper thinking about animals.by: Mary Stein, Shannan McNair, and Jan Butcher

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Students spent a significant amount of time learning about insects, using art and drawing as tools to deepen their understanding. Using artistic expression enhances students' abilities to communicate science explanations, to engage in science as a means for explanation, and to communicate their ideas to the public.

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  • Elementary
Publication Date
1/1/2001

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  • on Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:49 PM

Students at this elementary school use drawing as a means to explore and learn science. This is an article and a lesson that is important for all levels, that visual modeling helps students to learn to take better observations and personal ownership of learning. My students have used drawing on storyboards to help plan lab experiments and to describe what happened during experiments. But these elementary students and their attention to detail put that to shame - I think I will assign more drawing in the notebooks this year (even though my drawings look nothing like those in this article) and we can all work on improving our observation skills.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)


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