This NGSS life science unit includes lesson plans, hands-on investigations, STEM extensions to understand patterns
in plant needs. It is aligned to NGSS and integrates science and engineering practices, cross-cutting concepts, disciplinary core ideas, and performance expectations.
Just gather a few materials and you are ready to bring NGSS to your classroom!
In this unit, students will:
Collect and analyze data
from hands-on investigations (observing flowering plants and growing seeds)
in what plants need to live and grow
Participate in STEM
This unit includes:
Lesson Plans (5-6 weeks of instruction)
STEM Activities (Digital Interactive Google Classroom Resource, Math Extensions)
Literacy Connections (Shared Writing, Interactive Writing, Read Alouds)
Rubric, checklist, and assessment pages integrating the 3 dimensions of NGSS
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Materials needed for Hands-on Investigations
•4 flowering plants
•radish seeds and potting soil
provided from each investigation if you cannot access materials listed above
Materials needed for Interactive Digital Activities:
•FREE Google Account
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