Zoom In: A Thinking Strategy
Type of Technology: Power Point Zoom In – Natural Force
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade Level: 6
Subject Area: Science
Cost: $0, unless you need to purchase the power point program
Description: Have you ever wished that you could help your students delve just a little deeper into a concept? This lesson guides students into taking a deeper look at an image that is aligned to a concept addressed in the grade-level curriculum by using a visual thinking strategy called “Zoom In” from the book “Making Thinking Visible” (Ritchhart, Church, Morrison 2011 pg 64) paired with a simple Power Point presentation. Although it can be used for any subject area, it is specifically valuable in a science lesson as it aids students in developing an original hypothesis, then shows how a hypothesis may be adjusted or changed as more information is learned.
I used this strategy to practice developing hypotheses with my sixth graders, using an image of a wildfire evacuation in the middle of a unit looking at natural disasters, when we were reading the Open Court passage “A Natural Force.” The presentation, created by my teammate, is attached above at the “type of technology” for your viewing. Using transitions when creating the Power Point, the students are first given only a very small piece of the image and asked to describe what they see and develop a hypothesis. Then a few more pieces of the image are added so that the students now have a better idea of what they are viewing. They are asked to, again, describe what they see, and then to decide if they still agree with their original hypothesis or have developed a new one, and why they did or did not change their thinking. Finally, the students are given all pieces of the image and are asked to describe it and to list any questions or wonderings that have come out of their hypotheses.
Here is a link that describes the “Zoom In” strategy in more detail and includes an example of how it can also be used in an art lesson: