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What in the World?

COURTESY OF MARK LLANUZA/METRA

DIRECTIONS: Come up with your own explanation to describe any phenomena you notice in the photo. Use the following steps as a guide.

OBSERVE: Examine the image. What do you immediately notice? What do these observations tell you about what’s shown in the photo? Now take a closer look. Identify details that might provide additional information.

EXPLAIN: What do you already know that could help describe what you see? Use your prior knowledge and the observations you made in Step 1 to explain what you see in the photo.

DISCUSS: Compare your explanation with those of your classmates. How are your ideas similar to or different from those of other students? Which do you think best explains the phenomena shown? Why?

REFINE: Use information from your discussions in Step 3 to change or strengthen your explanation. Research to gather additional information from other sources to further refine your ideas.

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