Landing third-graders learned the importance of observation and the significance of recording findings accurately during a recent STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) lesson.
The lesson, based on the book “Everybody Needs a Rock” tasked students with examining a lime and then making observations based on its characteristics, such as size, smell and texture. The students worked in groups and wrote down their observations, before STEAM teacher Kenneth Altamirano collected and redistributed the limes. He then asked students if they could identify their original lime based on their initial observations, which proved to be nearly impossible. This conclusion initiated a discussion about the importance of accurately recording findings.
According to Altamirano, the lesson in observation laid the groundwork for what the students will learn going forward, not only in his class, but also throughout their educational careers.