4th Grade Microscopic World Unit Blueprint

Learning Experience (LE) 3: Communicating Your Observations
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(See pages 15–19 in STC Microworlds TG.)

Pacing Suggestions:
1–2 Days

Teacher Resources:
 Tips Observing with a Hand-Lens (Microsoft Word)
Observing with a Hand-Lens (Adobe Reader PDF)
Essential & Unit Questions 1 Benchmarks 2 Formative and Summative Assessments 3 Using Assessments to Monitor Student Learning

12D(3-5)#2: Make sketches to aid in [reporting observations and] explaining procedures or ideas.

12A(3-5)#1: Keep records of their investigations and observations and not change the records later.

12C(3-5)#3: Keep a notebook that describes observations made, carefully distinguishes actual observations from ideas and speculations about what was observed, and is understandable weeks or months later.

Observing With a Hand-Lens (Use teacher-generated sheet.)

The following questions are also listed in LE 2. The teacher should observe improvement between the two lessons.

  • Do the drawings show that the student has in fact observed an object and drawn what was seen?
  • Does each drawing have an “individual character” and is not a stereotype of what the student expected to find?
  • Do the drawings show relative size, shape, texture, shading, position, and complexity?
  • Do students’ written observations describe relative size, shape, texture, color, and other relevant details?
  • Do students refrain from changing their observations (written and sketches) once class sharing has occurred?
  • Do students record observations, not inferences, ideas, or speculations?
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1. For conceptual benchmarks.
2. Bolded sections indicate portion of benchmark addressed
3. Unless noted as a Summative Assessment, the assessments are formative and should be used to guide teaching and learning.

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