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Burton Elementary Teacher Uses Mystery Objects to Keep Students Engaged!


The dedicated teachers of the Berkshire Local Schools are using a variety of creative and instructional methods to keep students engaged during the ordered school closure period. One such activity comes from Burton Elementary Teacher Amy Hochschild, who has deployed a “Mystery Object” regular assignment for students to deploy their sensory skills and creative thinking mindset. Using her 1000x magnifier, Mrs. Hochschild takes a “extreme close-up” picture of an object and asks students to identify. Over the last several days and weeks, students have been asked to observe and make educated identifications of a cactus, couch cushion and other fun objects. The educational purpose reinforces the science subjects and lessons of cells and cell structure. Students guess one day and the mystery object is revealed the next. Simple and playful jokes about science are included as well, with the intent that students receive their daily lessons with instruction, and a little humor. Way to go Mrs. Hochschild! Thank you for everyone’s continued support, creativity and flexibility during this indeterminant school closure period!

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