Do You See What I See?by: Katie Rommel-Esham

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This article focuses on the use of artwork to investigate science-process skills in an interesting and unusual way. Preservice teachers examine a painting and share descriptions of the painting (observations), what they thought might be going on (inferences), and what would happen as a result (prediction).

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  • on Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:52 PM

This article describes how this author’s trip to an art museum inspired her to use a work of art to teach observations and inferences. She uses a particular artwork and describes the process she uses in her classroom. She also provides a list of acceptable artwork that can also be used in a similar fashion. This elementary teacher found a good way to introduce students in the arts and also fine tune their science skills as well.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue Feb 07, 2012 6:28 PM

Often times the skills of observing, predicting, and inferring are not identified as science processes when they are being used as part of an art, language arts, or social studies lesson. However, this article shows how science can be the vehicle to teach some of the higher levels of critical thinking skills that also masquerade as science processes. The author includes suggestions of several famous paintings that might be used in class, and she models a typical art lesson on observation using the painting by Jerome Myers called “Sunday Morning”. The science processes, when taught in the art context, makes practicing science skills more meaningful and useful for students. As articles like this are shared with non-science teaching staff members, more students will be taken on field trips to art museums in order to practice their science process skills.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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