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DIRECTIONS: Follow these steps to form an explanation for what’s going on in this photo.

INQUIRE: Closely examine the photo above. What do you notice about the image? What stands out to you? What ideas do you have that might explain what’s going on in the photo?

EXPLAIN: What do you already know that could help explain what you see? What evidence in the photo can you use to support your explanation? Write down ideas or draw sketches to express your thinking.

DISCUSS: Compare your explanation with those of your classmates. How are your ideas similar to or different from those of other students? Use information from the discussion to refine your explanation.

TAKE IT FURTHER: Do you think your explanation is plausible for what you’re seeing in the photo? What questions do you still have? Write them down and then do research to answer them.

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