3-LS3-2 Environmental Influence on Traits Lab Stations Activity

3-LS3-2 Environmental Influence on Traits Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS 3-LS3-2 and supplements NGSS MS-LS1-5. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Environmental Influence on Traits Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Observe and discuss how environmental factors and/or individual choices influence the expression of traits in a living thing.
2. Compare and contrast traits that can and cannot be impacted by environmental factors.

Science Skills Station
Students will examine how environmental factors impact a dog’s weight. Students will graph, interpret and analyze data to determine what factors influence the dog’s traits and then how those factors influence the dog’s traits.

Narrative Station
Students will read an informational text about how the environment influences traits. They will also watch a video about using twins to understand how environmental factors influence the expression of inherited traits.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to the influence of the environment on traits. Advanced students will read a second text Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will design a model that explains how to manipulate environmental factors so to grow flowers of a specific color. Students will first learn about how gardeners can manipulate soil chemistry to produce blue or pink hydrangeas. Then they will make a model (an illustration, sketch or physical representation) that summarizes how to make blue or pink flowers.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
2 Computers or tablets
1 bag of soil acidifier (for students to examine)
1 bag of garden lime (for students to examine)
Markers, crayons and/or colored pencils
Colored Pencils
Construction paper
Glue sticks
Scissors
Ruler

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

Purchasing Options to Save you $$$:
• Save 35% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Lab Bundle
• Save 40% with the Integrated Science Lab Bundle
• Save 45% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Complete Curriculum
• Save 50% with the Integrated Science Complete Curriculum
Total Pages
28 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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