Lesson: Eye Witness Reporting

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Grade Level: 5

Time Required: 1 hour

Lesson Dependency: None

Subject Areas: Earth and Space

A photograph shows two people talking, face-to-face in a dark TV studio. This was a sit-down interview with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Shwartz by Lara Logan for 60 Minutes on April 15, 2009.
Students play the role of interviewer and interviewee to develop briefings for a news program.
Copyright © 2009 Stan Parker, U.S. Air Force, Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:General_Schwartz_on_60_Minutes.jpg


Students develop briefings for a TV evening news program that summarizes their experiences surviving in the Amazon rainforest. They role play as interviewer and interviewee in class presentations.

Engineering Connection

Engineers must be able to effectively communicate complex problems to other people who are not engineers. This lesson and activity provides an opportunity for students to practice doing that.

Learning Objectives

Be able to summarize their engineering adventures and communicate them to others.

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  • The engineering design process involves defining a problem, generating ideas, selecting a solution, testing the solution(s), making the item, evaluating it, and presenting the results. (Grades 3 - 5) More Details

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  • Use information and communication technology tools to gather information from credible sources, analyze findings, and draw conclusions to create and justify an evidence-based scientific explanation (Grade 7) More Details

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See the storyline under the Introduction/Motivation section of Lesson 7.


Worksheet: Each student group completes and hands-in the activity worksheet from the previous activity, providing their group's answers to the four interviewer questions and providing their own additional two questions/answers. Review their worksheets to gauge their depth of engagement and comporehension.


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Adventure Engineering, Colorado School of Mines


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Last modified: May 25, 2017


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