Not too long ago, Kelly W. told me, “My students will be reading about Albert Einstein, and your pictures remind me of how he looked at the world. If our kids begin looking at the world with science eyes as students, then who knows what they can accomplish when they become adults?” That really got me thinking. She is right! Albert Einstein looked at the world very differently than others. He was considered puzzling in the way he looked at things, but he felt no different. In fact, Einstein really only felt that he just questioned everything and looked at the world through the eyes of science.
While science is often portrayed as a “back burner” kind of subject in the classroom, compared to reading and math, unless you are a testing grade, that really isn’t so. Science is the very foundation of the world around us – especially as we gravitate (or are thrust into!) more toward a world of technology. It is our responsibility as teachers to make sure that students are looking at the world through the eyes of science, much like Einstein did.
I know what you are saying… “I totally agree, Tammy, but look, time is limited, and there are just so many demands on us already!” I know, but I think I may have an idea that could help. What I do in my classroom is “train” my students to start looking at the world through the eyes of science, much like Einstein. Each morning for morning work, I provide them with a picture. Sometimes I will throw a picture up on the doc cam, and I’ll give the students a few minutes to observe key details and infer what science they see in the picture. Then, we will discuss it. Other times, I’ll give them a graphic organizer as morning work. It’s pretty much the same thing, but instead students have to write down their observations. Sometimes I like to do the doc cam because I’ll print it in color, and it’ll be larger for more details.
(Please note, you can easily do this activity in your classroom without purchasing anything from my store. Keep reading below to learn how.)
What I love about this is that it’s a critical thinking activity where students practice analyzing, inferring, and observing the real-life science in photographs. Students also notice key details while utilizing science vocabulary, and it’s perfect for your visual learners! It meets so many standards – reading, writing, listening, and discussing science. It doesn’t even have to be used as morning work. It could be used as a literacy center or a science center, in small groups, for early finishers, and so much more! I loved watching my students grow throughout the year. They started pointing out science to me on the playground during recess!
I have in my store a FREE sample for you to try out – a whole week of pictures in a graphic organizer format like the picture below, with possible answers. The grade level and science concepts are so open-ended! You really could turn this into something valuable! It has been VERY valuable for us!
Do you have to purchase my 190 day picture set? No, of course not. You can still make this happen. All you need to do is take some pictures and bring them into the classroom. It’s really easy to do, and you’ll still have the same effect. I just created the product to use in my classroom, and it was such a hit, I wanted to share it with you! If you want to save time, purchase the full Science Picture of the Day product! Either way, I think you’ll love this idea, because it will help your students start to see the world like Einstein did!