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Elementary-level science teachers who would like to incorporate art as a means of engaging their students in STEM topics may want to check out this lesson plan published in June 2019 by Science Friday. Created with students in grades 3-5 in mind, this standards-aligned lesson uses science comics as the foundation for "a multi-day series of activities which can be used to build science illustration and reading skills around any topic." In the first activity, students analyze a science comic series or graphic novel in small groups and discuss a series of provided questions. In the second activity, students work on developing their own comic styles by designing elements such as a color scheme and lettering style, and for the third activity, students apply their chosen comic style as part of the learning assessment for their instructor's STEM topic of choice. Links to numerous resources are provided, including "examples of science comics as well as empirical evidence of the positive impact that comics can have on science learning." This flexible lesson plan was created by Joshua Kettle and Ashley Mills, who are science teachers at Oakham Primary School in England, and by science illustrator Karen Romano Young.
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Date of Scout Publication 2019-09-13
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