MS-LS1-5 Environmental Influence on Plant Growth Lab Stations Activity

MS-LS1-5 Environmental Influence on Plant Growth 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-LS1-5. 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 Plant Growth Lab Learning Objectives
1. Analyze and interpret data that suggests environmental and genetic factors impact 2. Identify environmental factors that impact plant growth.
3. Compare and contrast the influence of environmental and genetic factors on plant growth.
4. Discuss how plants respond to changes in light availability, water availability and temperature.
5. Manipulate genetic and environmental factors so to optimize the growth of an herb.

Science Skills Station
Students will graph, analyze and interpret data to determine the impact of fertilizer on plant growth. Specifically, students will study how fertilizer impacts different measures of plant growth (plant height, size of leaves, number of flowers, etc.)

Narrative Station
Students will read an informational text about environmental and genetic factors that impact plant growth. Students will also read about how the plant growth changes in response to variations in temperature, water availability and light availability.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to factors that influence plant growth and how plants respond to certain environmental changes. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will design a “system” that optimizes the growth of a common herb. Students design their setup so to maximize plant growth in the shortest amount of time. Students will consider environmental and genetic factors in the setup of their plant.

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 test the designs they constructed at the problem-solving station. Students will make observations of the plant over a five-week period. They will compare their results to the results of other lab groups. From this, students will evaluate their design and propose improvements so to enhance the growth of their plants.

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:
Ruler
Colored Pencils (optional)
5 packages herb seeds (different varieties)
Plastic cups (2-3 different sizes)
Styrofoam cups (2-3 different sizes)
Paper cups (2-3 different sizes)
1 bag of topsoil (basic, no fertilizer added)
All Purpose Plant Food (no more than 3 lbs)
Scale
Graduated cylinder OR teaspoon and tablespoon measuring device
Small containers (one for each herb)
Large container (such as a 56qt storage tote)
Plastic spoons (1 per seed variety)
Small shovel or similar tool (for soil)

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
36 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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