5-LS1-1 Plant Needs Lab Stations Activity

5-LS1-1 Plant Needs 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 5-LS1-1. 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.

Plant Needs Lab Learning Objectives
1. Identify the materials necessary for plant growth.
2. Explain the importance of air and water in plant growth.
3. Discuss how plant structures enable a plant to obtain the substances it needs to grow and survive.
4. Debate the significance of soil in proper plant growth.
5. Evaluate the use of hydroponics in the growth of plants for human consumption.

Science Skills Station
Students will graph the mass of a plant, water and soil within a closed system over a period of time. From the data, students will determine the source of important substances needed for plant growth. Students will design an experiment to confirm their conclusions.

Narrative Station
Students will read an informational text about plant needs. Students will read about the substances necessary for proper plant growth. Students will also watch a video about plant needs, how plants obtain the materials they need to survive and the importance of soil in plant growth and survival.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to plant needs and the materials necessary for plant growth. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will study and evaluate a hydroponics system. Students will watch a video about hydroponics and a video that compares the growth of a pepper plant in soil to a pepper plant grown in a hydroponics system. Students will evaluate the use of hydroponics.

Synthesis Project
Students can conduct one of the 11 standard synthesis projects, but I strongly suggest using the directed synthesis project to best summarize the information in this lab. In the directed project, students will design, build and test a hydroponics system using materials available at home or in your classroom. Students will design and build a prototype in which to grow a seedling. Students will also test their hydroponics system and measure the growth of the plant over a 3-week period.

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:
1 Flowering plant
Magnifying glass

If performing the directed synthesis project in class you will also need:
Empty plastic bottles (such as soda or water bottles)
Paper or plastic cups (various sizes – from 3 oz to 16 oz)
Filter paper
Cotton balls
Small rocks (such as aquarium rocks)
Duct tape

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• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
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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
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Total Pages
35 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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