Students will use the Scientific Process to learn about cause and effect relationships using the stimuli of gravity, sunlight and water, on growing plants. Daily journaling in their “Laboratory Notebook” will allow them to record daily changes in their lima bean seed.
Scaffolding, through modeling, is the first strategy teachers will use to present a whole-class activity investigating GEOTROPISM (the effect of gravity on plants). The process proceeds to working in a small group, or with a partner, to study PHOTOTROPISM (the effect of sunlight on plants). Finally, the student works independently to learn about HYDROTROPISM (the effect of water on plants).
Using the Scientific Process, students begin by forming a question, then an hypothesis. They observe and collect data on a daily basis. They gather data in their Laboratory Notebooks then analyze their data and write a report to share with the class.
This lesson is aligned with Common Core State Standards for grades. In addition to science, writing standards are addressed through daily journal writing reports.
Scaffolding: modeling, grouping and structured handouts
Common Core Standards
Structured Journal Pages
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