Published by Brunsell on 09 Jul 2010 at 12:19 am
[cross posted at Edutopia.com]
What story do these images tell? What questions could your students generate about these images? Could these questions pave the way for independent (or small group) research projects?
Good projects revolve around important questions. However, good questions are not always easy to generate…especially in a vacuum. How many times have students drawn a blank when confronted with the “freedom” to study anything they want for a school project? Often, it is helpful to have students “mess about” with information before you ask them to brainstorm questions.
(Yes, I know that middle school students have their own definition for messing about.)
Many of the resources below can provide a great starting point for short and long term projects.
The old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” has a lot of merit. A good picture can often tell a story, provoke emotions, or generate questions. The use of images and visual representations is critically important in science. Visual representations can also quickly convey very complicated information. We are constantly bombarded by inforgraphics that describe scientific information. How often do we ask our students to analyze or create an infographic?
What could our students do with these complicated infographic?
Other Oil Spill Resources
How Big is the Oil Spill?
The current estimate is 35,000 to 60,000 barrels per day (1 barrel = 42 gallons).
Other Oil Spill news:
Where will the Oil go? [exploring ocean currents]
Oil Spill Mapping
Long-term impact (includes ecosystem / food web)
Oil Spill News (Methane)