Title of Lesson: Bird's Eye View of the Classroom#125

National Standard: 3
How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, environments on Earth's surface.
State Standard: 11

Teaching Level: E

- to create awareness of the simplicity of the classroom furniture when seen from above compared to eye level view

Materials: drawing paper and pencils

1. Look at the classroom funiture from eye level, noticing the table and chair legs, books on the book shelf, objects on shelves, side view of objects on the top surfaces, etc.
2. Have the students imagine they are birds flying across the ceiling looking down and how the bird will see only the tops of the tables (no legs), only whats on the tops of shelves, bookcases, etc.
3. If possible, have students stand near the top of a step ladder, look down on the furniture beside them and describe what they see
4. Have the students draw the classroom furniture, etc.from the bird's viewpoint.
5. Adding some labels to the drawing could be fun.

Did the students understand the concept of "bird's eye view"?

Reflection: How successful was this lesson? Did all students benefit? Were there any surprises? What might you do differently another time? Please note any changes that will make this lesson more effective and useful in the future and pass them along to the NHGA. We appreciate your comments.
Thank you.
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