MS-LS1-4 Flowering Plant Life Cycle Lab Stations Activity

MS-LS1-4 Flowering Plant Life Cycle 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 MS-LS1-4. 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.

Flowering Plant Life Cycle Lab Learning Objectives
1. Sequence the stages of a flowering plant’s life cycle.
2. Discuss the advantage of flowers in plant reproduction.
3. Discuss the advantage of fruit in the dispersal of seeds.
4. Explain how animals, such as insects and birds, impact the ability of a flowering plant to reproduce successfully.

Science Skills Station
Students will study the importance of flower color in the pollination of a flowering plant. They will use data from a primary study on butterfly flower color preference to make conclusions about the importance of flower color. Students will also study several fruits and answer questions about how they improve the reproductive success of a plant.

Narrative Station
Students will read an informational text about the flowering plant life cycle. Students will also read about bird and insect behavior that aids in the pollination and dispersal processes of a flowering plant’s life cycle.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to a flowering plant’s life cycle and the impact of animal behaviors and specialized plant structures on the reproductive success of flowering plants. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will identify problems that occur when reproductive structures of a flower are damaged or diseased. Students will make predictions about how these problems might impact a flowering plant’s ability to reproduce.

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 apples
2 blueberries
2 shelled walnuts
3 small trays
Graph paper

Note: If you have a nut-free classroom or school policy, provide students with images of a shelled walnut.

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

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Total Pages
31 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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