Using Images as Phenomena
This hands-on activity engages students in asking questions about phenomena using collections of images.
This activity uses images from the “Image of the Week” collection on the BioInteractive website, which are available for download, to engage students in a wide variety of life and earth science phenomena. In the activity, groups of students observe a selection of images, pose questions on sticky notes as they rotate through the stations of images, and work through “could it be” explanations to begin addressing the questions. Several possible extension activities are provided for continuing the investigation and research of the phenomenon.
The curriculum standards connections are vast, as the images could be used to cover many different content areas and topics.
Student Learning Targets
Engage with science phenomena related to the content students are currently learning or are about to learn.
Practice asking questions to initiate further exploration about different phenomena.
Seek peer collaboration on ideas, ask questions that require higher levels of reasoning, and develop deeper understanding of concepts.
adaptation, convergent evolution, ecological niche, ecomorph, evolution, phylogenetic tree
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