Open the slide. In this section, you will help students who may have a difficult time figuring out what is “important” determine how to distill information in a diagram.
Lead a short discussion on what the students see in the drawing in comparison to the photograph. Paraphrase:
Note how the drawing of this cell sorted out important information from the tiny details. What do you notice?
Give students a chance to share their observations.
If the drawing were to include every detail, it wouldn't be a helpful diagram. The drawing simplifies the image in the slide, showing only the edge of the cell and the nucleus.
The important elements included in the drawing are labeled. The drawing also has a title with the magnification noted.
Note: Image of Pancreatic labule diagram and photo originally appeared in A Level Biology Drawing Skills Biological Drawing © OCR 2015 Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations
Project another microscopic image for the whole class to try drawing, or instruct the students to look at a slide in their microscopes. Alternately, students can find a microscopic image online to draw.
Direct the students:
- Describe in words what you observe in this image.
- Draw what you observe in this image.