Sketching Claims and Evidence
Students collect evidence which they use to form a supported claim, using sketches to create a visual recording of their findings. This builds on the unit objective of collecting evidence to compare and contrast multiple ecosystems. This lesson is written to pair with the History Mystery lesson, and can be used in partnership with any investigation that involves collecting quantities of evidence.
Collect the sharpies and cardstock, cut cardstock into half sheets. Depending on your group’s needs, you can pre-mark the sheets for them: use a pen to create three equal sections with vertical lines, then divide the left and right sections in half horizontally. There should be 5 total sections - 4 small, and one large in the middle. (See Fig. C)
“Today, we are going to solve a mystery! What was happening here on IslandWood’s property about 100 years ago? We’ve talked a lot today/this week about supporting our claims with evidence. Today, we get to practice recording the evidence we collect in order to solve our mystery.”
Throughout the course of the investigation, students should visit at least 4 sites to collect evidence (possible venues listed above). Each time students visit a new site, have them observe their environment for evidence of humans from 100+ years ago. After taking a few minutes to observe, pass out colored pencils and paper and ask students to draw a sketch of their evidence in one of the four small squares. Depending on your group’s needs, you can also ask them to record a few notes about each on the back of their card. If you do this, it is helpful to have them label each box 1 - 4, and mark data accordingly on the reverse. Encourage use of color and detail, as they will need an accurate depiction of their evidence to remember it at the end of the day.
How did your claim compare to the reality of what happened at IslandWood 100+ years ago?
What are the characteristics of quality evidence?
How might you improve your body of evidence the next time you investigate a mystery?
Transfer of Learning:
Facilitate a discussion about the real world applications of recording data collections.
Why is it helpful to have a visual representation of our evidence?
How can you use sketching to record your observations in the future?
Created by Carrie K Guess on April 4, 2017.