Lesson Plan

Seeing the unseen - Science Haiku's

Students use microscopes to take zoomed images of classic objects, and then write a Haiku to describe the object.
Andrea N.
Technology Integration Specialist
Springfield Local Schools
Akron, United States
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, English Language Learning, World Languages, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness

Students will be able to expand their thinking by using microscopes to explore symbols.  Students will use microscopes to explore their symbol/image and take a screenshot of that symbol.   Students will write an haiku hinting at the meaning of their symbol and explaining their picture.  

English Language Arts
Grades 6 – 8
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Other — Set- induction

Review the concept/definition of symbol with students.  

Have students identify examples of symbols they see/use in their daily lives.  This can be done as a class discussion.  

Student Instructions

Identify some symbols in your life today.

2 Microscope exploration

*If students have not used microscopes before, students should receive a lesson on how to use the microscope and how to handle the devices.  If they have been taught how to handle the devices, a review of this information should still be provided.*

Students will use the microscopes to take close up screen shots of objects.  These objects can be pre-assigned by the teacher, or students can explore objects on their own and pick their favorite.  Students should avoid using duplicate symbols/objects if possible.  Encourage students to think outside the box with objects and symbols.  

The teacher should circulate and assist and guide students as necessary.  

3 Haiku creation/Presentation

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Students will use their screen shot and place it in their Google Docs accounts.  They will then write their haiku underneath their picture to create a final presentation of their work.  The haiku should not directly name the object, and descriptive details should be included.  The haiku should touch on the relevance of both the literal and symbolic meaning of the object. 

Work should be shared with other members of the class.  Final projects can be printed out and hung in the hallway to create an "art gallery."