In 7th grade, at least, science deals with observing the physical world, whereas social studies deals with observing how that world relates and affects people - and vice versa.
To practice our observation skills, I had the students describe the junior high commons from memory. (I didn't give them long to do this.) Then, I had them describe what Mr. Ogle was wearing - most students had just seen him out in the hall.
Finally, I had them close their eyes, and describe what the person across from them was wearing. It's tough, being attentive.
We can make lots and lots of observations about the things and people we see and know about. How much more difficult is it to try to understand people and places we've never been?
Students can get extra credit if they read and discuss this blog with an adult. To prove that they've done this, have either the student or the adult close their eyes. The other person should keep reading out loud.
Alright. You! The person who is reading! Have the person with their eyes closed describe what you are wearing. When you're done, write down a sentence or two telling me how they did. Have the adult sign the paper.
Turn it in tomorrow in the extra credit tray.