Take a Second Look!
Take a Second Look!
- To enhance students' higher-order thinking skills
- To promote cooperative learning
- To help develop students' perspective that beauty and good qualities
can be found in things and people
- To encourage students to use their knowledge and metacognitive skills
- Enhancement of students' awareness of cultural and ethnic differences
- Promotion of the idea of looking for and finding good qualities in
- Integration of thinking and writing skills
INTEGRATION OF CONTENT/SUBJECT AREAS
- Language Arts
- Character Building
- Social Studies
Arrange students in teams of three to five students. Have a preselected
group of objects or articles that have been placed in a bag or box (a
suggested list is provided). A member from each group will, without looking
in the bag or box, select one object. The selected object will be examined
by each team member; then the team will follow the directions written
below, which are to be written on the board:
- Think of a way in which your object or article is like a person.
- List two things that make your object or article beautiful.
- Name three ways your object or article can be useful to you, your
friends, or your family.
- Name four reasons why you love your object or article.
- Tell three things you can do that would help your object or article
feel good about itself.
Give the teams enough time to discuss each of the instructions and write
their responses. Each team will share their information orally with the
class. A reporter from each team will explain what its object was and
will then share its attributes.
The follow-up discussion should center on how the students were able
to think of all the nice and positive things to say about their objects,
as though these were real people. The discussion should guide the students
to understand how easy it is to find good and useful qualities in everything,
especially people, if one takes the time to look.
Sample List of Possible Objects or Articles
(Teacher and/or students are encouraged to add to this list)
- stick of gum
- piece of candy
- paper napkin
- roll of tape
- pine cone
- rock or pebble
- small sea shell
- paper clip
- How did students use their knowledge?
- Were students able to demonstrate an understanding of how good qualities
can be found in simple, ordinary objects or articles? How?
- How did students demonstrate their use of higher-order skills?
- Were team-building skills exhibited? How?