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Cosmic Oranges: Observation and Inquiry Through Descriptive Writing and Art
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 45-minute sessions|
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November 18, 2015
@Michael Crain: I love the addition of "dissecting" the orange skin and viewing it under the microscope.
I hope the majority of your students found oranges were the better food choice! My students often found ways of adding pictures of themselves as aliens to their orange drawings--the opportunity to roleplay seems to be a big part of the appeal of this assignment!
October 20, 2014
I have actually expanded this to include having the students "dissect" the orange and the orange skin and then make observations under the microscope. By doing this the students are given additional practice making observations and also furthers their familiarity with a microscope.
To end the project I have asked the students to create a final report on if it is better to "eat the humans" or to start to consume the newly found "oranges".
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