Unit 1, Part 4 for NGSS or LSSS standards 5-LS1-1 (Plants), 5-LS2-1 (Non-native species, decomposition, soil cycle), and 5-PS3-1 (Food Chains/Webs).
This 5 day science unit includes inquiry-based activities that:
Follow the 5E Learning Cycle
Cultivate student discussion
Incorporate STEM skills, such as data interpretation and evidence-based explanations
Support Common Core/ELA reading, research, and writing skills
Employ hands-on activities
Integrate reflection and review
Foster problem-based learning (PBL)
Frequently assess student learning in organic and varied ways
Utilize art connections to maximize learning
(Note: This unit is meant for 5th grade students in classrooms that use Next Generation Science Standards. However, it can also be used in classrooms with similar standards/expectations that center around plants and ecosystems.)
Other lessons in this unit:
How Do Plants Grow?
How Does Energy Move Through Ecosystems?
Where Do Nutrients Come From?