Picture-Perfect Science

An evening about Inquiry!
book cover The second Web Seminar on the topic of Picture Perfect Science Lessons was held on Thursday, May 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The session was presented by Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan, authors of the NSTA Press publication Picture-Perfect Science Lessons - Using Children's Picture Books to Guide Inquiry.

Here is what some of the participants had to say about the session: "Karen and Emily are so knowledgeable, clear and comfortable with the material! They could even sing and joke while presenting! The tech went so smoothly! With all the interactive means it was very personal. Thank you for all the work!" Another participant said: "I hope that you can have Karen and Emily again next Fall. They really present great usable material. I really enjoyed it."

The session started at 6:30 p.m. ET with a general overview of the Web Seminar tools and how they can be used to facilitate interaction between the participants and the presenters. Five participants attended the session in addition to the presenters, Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan, and the NSTA staff. Educators represented the states of Texas, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, and Alaska.

Karen and Emily started the presentation with three poll questions to assess the participants' prior knowledge of inquiry. They followed these questions with a discussion of several myths educators have about inquiry. Then they proceeded to present to a slide with some "mystery pellets". This action provoked increased interactions between participants and presenters! Participants wondered: "What are these pellets?" "What can you learn from them?" "Where do they come from?" Karen and Emily shared with us that these pellets are related to owls. In summary, the lesson was a perfect way to model the process of inquiry.

Emily and Karen concluded their presentation talking about the five essential features of inquiry: questions, evidence, explanations, evaluation, and communication. Throughout the presentation there were several opportunities for interactions among the participants and presenter - answering poll questions, chatting, and selecting the best answer from selected lists of statements.

Thanks to the participants and presenters - Karen and Emily - for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

Web Seminar I Resources


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