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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
• Download the FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Setup Guide for best practices, signage and editable grading rubrics
• Download a FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Activity to learn more about my SNAPs labs
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A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
This laboratory satisfies NGSS 3-LS3-2 and supplements MS-LS1-5. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - to meet the standard. This lab also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.
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
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