This product is designed to be an extension unit to cover plants in further depth than is traditionally required in an introductory biology course. This mini-unit is a supplement or add-on that is designed to be used at the end of the year, after the 7 core biology units included in my Biology Full Year Curriculum bundle. It is perfect for digging deeper into plants if you or your students are passionate about them, or if you need hands-on student-driven curriculum to use after state testing. Content covered includes: plant structure, reproduction, and an overview of plant adaptations. This product includes notes, a packet of student handouts for all activities, and a free-response quiz to use as a summative assessment. The student packet comes in a paperless digital version that can be used in Google Drive™ and/or Microsoft OneDrive™. Note: The content in this mini-unit is not provided on differentiated levels for CP and Honors, like the 7 core units.
This is an add-on mini-unit in my Biology Curriculum bundle. You can buy this unit for 20% off if you purchase as a part of my full year bundle. If you already own the bundle, go ahead and re-download in your “My Purchases” for the most up-to-date version!
What content is covered in this unit?
What Next Generation Science Standards* are covered?
: If you aren’t sure how your state standards compare to the NGSS, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a PDF or link to your state standards for Biology and I will be happy to review them for you prior to you making a purchase!
What prior knowledge is necessary for students to have before using this mini-unit?
This is designed to be a supplemental mini-unit that serves as a more in-depth extension into plants than is normally required in a Biology I course. Because of this, it expands on ideas learned previously in the year, and students will need to have background information on cells, photosynthesis, and evolution, at a minimum, to succeed in this unit. My students would have prior knowledge on all topics from the 7 core units in my full year biology curriculum. I also believe it is best used at the end of the year because it is very student-driven and research-based, requiring developed autonomy skills.
What is included?
I strongly encourage you to download the preview for this product. It is 15 pages and will give you the best idea of what all is included. In short:
What is so great about the digital student packet that is included?
What types of files are included?
When you download this product you will receive a zip file with 5 folders of files. Most of the documents in this product are secured PDF’s, meaning you can print them but not copy/paste or edit the text. The paperless digital student packet will be accessed via a Google Drive™ link in a PDF file that students can type into but not change the essential content of. Editable versions are only included for the unit plans, quiz, and some aspects of the activities for you to customize for your classroom. The PowerPoint lecture notes also have editable text. This is to protect the copyright and intellectual property of my own work, plus the work of many dedicated clip artists that are included in this product. If you have questions about this, please don’t hesitate to email me with them!
Why use a “packet” instead of an interactive notebook?
I started creating packets for my students over four years ago, and I love them so much more than interactive notebooks. While interactive notebooks are great resources, I have found the packet strategy to be a more appropriate tool for using in the secondary classroom setting. I love using the packet for many reasons.
Why should I use this product in my classroom?
This activity-based, student-driven mini-unit is the perfect resource to use at the end of the school year to expand on plants, further than traditional standards would go. It can be used for the full 19 days that are detailed in the unit plan, or some of the activities can be cut out to shorten it to fit in that strange period of time after state testing before the end of the year. It was designed to be used at the end of the school year where students have had a full year growing in autonomy and NGSS skills.
Designing curriculum for an entire unit that is engaging, activity-based, and standard-aligned can be exhausting. I’ve spent over 5 years creating my biology curriculum and have had amazing results. I had a 96% pass rate on the State standardized End-of-Course exam for Non-Honors students and a 100% pass rate for honors students. This was at a South Carolina Public School with over 50% of the students being below the poverty line. My average score on the EOC (all 200+ students combined that I taught over 2 years) was a 90%. I believe this success is due to multiple factors, but I attribute a lot of it to the packet curriculum I have designed, and the fact that all of my tests are cumulative. Honestly, I could go on and on about the packet as a resource and why I love it so much, but I think you will find as you use it that you will fall in love with it too. Last but not least, this product comes with links to video lectures for each set of notes. This resource + all of the detailed lesson plans makes this product perfect for teachers new to this subject, going on maternity leave for a long-term sub, or using a flipped classroom strategy.
Want something like this for a different unit?
I have made a more expanded version of this product for the core 7 high school biology units. More extension mini-units, like this one, are to come over the next few months. As of right now, you can but this product for any of the following biology units:
I also have created additional mini-units, like this one, on the following topics:
Or get all of the units at a 20% discount if you buy the full year curriculum!
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*: NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.