-- Small groups
-- Larger groups
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Have students search the Internet, and books and periodicals for information
about the Earth's changes, such as tides, seasons, atmosphere, and the like. Tell
them to also find images of the Earth's changes as viewed from space.
Based on their research, have students brainstorm what to display in a class
exhibit about the Earth. Have them list components to include -- for example,
models of the Earth revolving around the sun, illustrations of a location during
different seasons, a depiction of changes in the atmosphere, etc. Remind them
to think about what they want visitors to learn by seeing the exhibit, then have
them draw diagrams of how to set up the components to have the most impact.
Divide the class into groups of three students. Have each group create a
different component for the exhibit. Encourage them to use materials creatively.
Vote for the component that uses materials in the most unusual ways.
Photocopy several different images of the Earth as seen from space and give
one to each group. Give each group three sheets of 11' x 14' paper and have
them create what they imagine the same location would look like from three
different views: one student will create an enlarged replication; one student will
enlarge a 4"x 4" section of the original to 11"x 14" the third student will take
a 2"x 2" square of the 4" x 4" area and enlarge that to 11"x 14" Explain that
the closer in you get to an image the more details will be visible. Include the
images in the exhibit.
Give each group a large piece of cardboard or poster board to create a sign that
augments their component or their pictures. The signs must include text. Some
ideas are lists of facts, quotes from astronauts, or passages from literature.
Have the class develop a survey that includes five questions that will measure
what the visitors have learned from the exhibit. Invite the other teachers in the
school to bring their classes to the exhibit. Have each visitor complete the
survey after they've viewed the exhibit. Tally the results and hold a discussion
on whether the class obtained the desired results through the exhibit.
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Hold a discussion on how the class could improve the impact of the exhibit, based on the results of their survey.
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Ask students to make a correlation of the image based on the percent it is
enlarged. Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of focusing only on a section.
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Discuss how words and images work together to communicate an idea.