Private Eye – See the World as a Scientist, an Artist, and a Writer has three goals: 1- to bring out the scientist, the artist, and the writer in all students as a method to increase student engagement; 2 – to build habits of mind by having students look closely at their world and think by analogy ─for students to move past surface thinking and dive deeper; and 3 – to increase the students’ capacity for viewing science as inquiry through this hands-on project.

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Duke Power4Students Project Private Eye – See the World as a Scientist, an Artist, and a Writer

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School:
McMullen Booth Elementary School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Angela Johnson-Drummond 
Students Impacted:
23 
Grade:
Date:
March 29, 2018

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Only $306.69 Needed

 

Goal

Private Eye – See the World as a Scientist, an Artist, and a Writer has three goals: 1- to bring out the scientist, the artist, and the writer in all students as a method to increase student engagement; 2 – to build habits of mind by having students look closely at their world and think by analogy ─for students to move past surface thinking and dive deeper; and 3 – to increase the students’ capacity for viewing science as inquiry through this hands-on project.  

 

What will be done with my students

For each session, students will strive to develop skills that will enable them to be successful at looking closely and thinking by analogy. Students will be challenged to answer questions like, “What else does this remind me of?”; “What does it look like?” and then move forward to answering the question, “Why did it remind me of….?”. Students will use the loupe magnifier tool to meticulously examine things found in nature as well as manmade objects. Then by answering the questions above, students will communicate what they see and think with their peers. They’ll each have a special Private Eye journal where they will record their observations using words, illustrations or a combination of both. As students become more experienced, they will face the additional challenge of hypothesizing and theorizing using the evidence they’ve gathered. For example, can they take what they’ve detected and use it to conduct a scientific investigation. Students will experience productive struggling as they determine how to test their theories. Each session provides endless possibilities to bring out the scientist, the artist, and the writer in every student. 

 

Benefits to my students

According Robert Marzano, author of Classroom Instruction that Works: Researched-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement, as shared in the 2015 article “Magnifying Minds Using a Jeweler’s Loupe, Everyday Objects, and a Few Simple Questions”, “If students develop a habit of identifying similarities and differences, achievement rises by a whopping 45%”. At the heart of The Private Eye project is recognizing the similarities and differences of the objects as seen through the loupe with known objects. One benefit of closely looking at things around them is building student confidence in their observations because there are no “wrong answers”. Student thinking is easily backed by evidence. Students own the ideas because it comes from them and not the teacher. Students will take what they already know and apply it to a new situation. Through this student-centered work, students will make connections to themselves and their peers. They will solidify the classroom community by participating in a shared experience of pure discovery.  

 

Describe the Students

Students that will be participating in Private Eye – See the World as a Scientist, an Artist, and a Writer are in 5th grade. The targeted students include all demographics such as students with learning disabilities, English language learners, gifted, economically disadvantaged, and at-risk students.  

 

Budget Narrative

Private Eye – See the World as a Scientist, an Artist, and a Writer requires the purchase of a teacher guide, activity masters, a class set of loupes and lanyards, and a journal for each student. Except for the 40-page composition book, these materials can be used for many years. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 The Private Eye Teacher Guide - (5X) Looking / Thinking by Analogy $27.95
2 The Private Eye Activity Sheet Master Pack: Intermediate Level (3rd Grade - Adult) THIRD EDITION $21.95
3 The Private Eye Five Fun Steps $6.95
4 The Private Eye Class Loupe Set (36 Loupes) $144.00
5 Private Eye Loupe-lanyard (36 lanyards) $48.60
6 6 7/8” x 8 1/2” Wide-Ruled Composition Book (36 notebooks @ 1.59) $57.24
  Total: $306.69

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