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Visible Thinking with Still Life: Activities for Intro to Nutrition (NUTR101) Students

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Intro to Nutrition is a 3 credit, non-lab science in the General Education curriculum at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, USA.

Scientists rely on observation to help them identify patterns and to formulate their hypotheses.  These three looking activities help students to develop more effective looking, thinking and questioning skills. These skills will serve them in this science class and in their lives outside the classroom, as well.

Exercise #1: Students are presented with two still life portraits from the 19th century.  The first is by German American artist Severin  Roese in 1852 and the second by Everhart Kuhn, in 1865.  Working in small groups students use the SEE-THINK-WONDER routine to discuss and record the similarities and differences they can identify. They share out to the larger group their findings to see if others saw the paintings differently.

Exercise #2:  Students examine one of the two paintings, either Still Life #12 (1962) by Tom Wesselmann or Breakfast Tacos (2003) by Chuck Ramirez.  This exercise employs the WHAT MAKES YOU SAY THAT routine from Project Zero.

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Still Life

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See/Think/Wonder: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

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Still Life with Fruit

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Still Life with Fruit, Oysters, and Wine

Smithsonian American Art Museum

What Makes You Say That?: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Breakfast Tacos, from the series Seven Days

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Still Life #12

Smithsonian American Art Museum