A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words by: Sarah Davison

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Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! Digital cameras, young inquisitive scientists, give it a try! In this project, students create an open-ended question for investigation, capture and record their observations—data—with digital cameras, and create a digital story to share their findings. The project follows a 5E learning cycle—Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate/Extend, and Evaluate—and meets science learning standards as students model inquiry behaviors such as making careful observations and using simple tools (i.e., the digital camera) to gather information and extend their senses, while learning about animal diversity and animals in their environments in a meaningful way.

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  • on Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:13 PM

I love how the article shows the 5E. I really like the rubric that is included. Thank you!

Rebekah  (Mobile, AL)
Rebekah (Mobile, AL)

  • on Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:53 PM

The author explains a nice lesson that would help students focus on learning even while on a field trip. The lesson was done in the 5 E learning cycle and through the process makes a field trip to the zoo an actual learning experience. Students develop their own questions prior to the field trip and by doing so, looked through the zoo for answers to their questions. Once back, all groups shared what they found out about their questions. Students then used the digital pictures that they took, wrote captions to the pictures, and developed a final product.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)

  • on Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:33 PM

This article give a great idea for encouraging inquiry and the use of technology in the classroom. The use of digital cameras can be used for many different projects and is helpful making more abstract/symbolic concepts (like graphing) more concrete for younger children. I strongly believe that any "field trips" actually have a purpose ("field work") and the idea presented in this article give a purpose to a trip to the zoo. I like that it was based on the 5E model, and was designed to promote inquiry. The rubrics provided are wonderful for promoting self-evaluation and metacognition in children.

Wendy  (Pocatello, ID)
Wendy (Pocatello, ID)

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