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Drawing Science Activity Description This activity asks students to draw what it looks like to do science and then

provides students an opportunity to discuss their pictures in groups and as a whole class. This activity takes one full class period. Aims This activity is intended to allow students the opportunity to consider what doing science looks like and express it, especially in terms of a personal relationship with science. This activity is also intended to provide the teacher with a sense of where students are coming from. Materials 1. Drawing Science Activity Sheet, one for each student 2. Drawing Science Reflection Sheet, one for each student 3. Pencils and/or pens for each student Procedure 1. Inform your students that they will be completing an activity in which they will be considering what doing science looks like. 2. Let them know that the two overall questions to keep in mind are, What is the place of learning science as I live my life? and, What is my place in the larger narrative of scientific discoveries and scientific communities? Lead a class-wide discussion on what the questions mean. You may wish to call out the following terms from the second question and ask students to discuss the terms individually: narrative, scientific discoveries, scientific communities. 3. Pass out a Drawing Science Activity Sheet to each student and provide students the time to draw their pictures. 4. Make sure to remind your students that they are not being graded on how good their pictures look. 5. Once students have had the opportunity to draw their pictures, ask students to complete the first page of the Drawing Science Activity Sheet, which provides an opportunity to reflect on their own drawing.

6. Collect all of the drawings and divide the class into groups of three or four students (three preferred) and randomly distribute the drawings across the groups. 7. Let your students know that they will be examining the pictures and look for patterns in terms of similarities and differences. Ask the groups to examine the pictures and complete the second page of the Drawing Science Activity Sheet. 8. Bring the class back together as whole. Ask the groups to share what they found based on the pictures they examined. 9. Ask a few students to describe what doing science looks like based on what the groups have shared. Ask other students to comment or add to the description. 10. Ask students if anyone drew themselves in the picture. Ask students to share why they did or did not. 11. Ask students if there was anything surprising they learned about doing science either from drawing their own picture or looking at the pictures of their classmates. 12. Ask students how they would respond to the questions, What is the place of learning science as I live my life? and, What is my place in the larger narrative of scientific discoveries and scientific communities? based on the drawings they created and examined. 13. Ask students if there are any outstanding comments or questions.

Drawing Science Activity Sheet Draw a picture of what it looks like to do science:

Please keep these questions in mind as you draw your picture: What is the place of learning science as I live my life?

What is my place in the larger narrative of scientific discoveries and scientific communities? Drawing Science Reflection Sheet [Page 1, to be completed by individual students after completing their picture] If there are any people in your picture, who are they? Do they have any specific characteristics (how they look or how they are dressed) that connects to doing science?

Where does your picture take place? Why did you choose this place?

How do the objects and things in your picture that connect to doing science?

What is happening in your picture? How do the actions connect to doing science?

Did you draw yourself in your picture? Why or why not?

[Page 2, to be completed in groups of 3-4 after completing Page 1] What are the similarities and differences in terms of the people in the pictures? How are they dressed? What do they look like? Does it look like they are expressing any emotions?

What are the similarities and differences in terms of where the pictures take place?

What are the similarities and differences in terms of the objects in the pictures?

What are the similarities and differences in terms of what is happening in the pictures? What are people doing? What are objects doing?

Think about the pictures together. Describe what doing science looks like.