Plants Debate: Which plant part is most important: roots, stem, or leaves?
Introducing a fun, creative way to incorporate Common Core ELA Standards in your science class while teaching about plants.
Divide class into three groups. Then, students will read their reading passage (provided) and form an argument. Host a class debate for an engaging way to cement important science knowledge. Your students will love a friendly argument!
Lots of tips are included including a sample schedule and ideas for setting up, preparing, and grading the debate.
Why Debate in Science?
Debating in science class encourages students to think deeply about a given topic. It requires students to read, research, write, and form their own opinions. It also requires students to practice speaking, listening, summarizing, and paraphrasing skills. Additionally, many students love the chance to have a friendly ‘argument’ and to agree and disagree with others.
Included in this packet:
*Speaking Stems—these are examples of different ways that students may respond to each other. Go over the list together, and encourage students to review it on their own.
*Debating Dos and Don’ts—these lists help students understand what you expect of them during the debate as far as speaking and participating.
*Student Reference Page—includes a printer friendly version of the Speaking Stems and Debating Dos and Don’ts to send home with students
*Roots Reading Passage
*Stems Reading Passage
*Leaves Reading Passage
*Debate Notes—a simple organizer for students to use to organize their thoughts as they read and research.
*Debating in Science Organizer—this will help students organize their thoughts for the debate
*Science Debate Rubric—to use for grading and to help students know what you expect.
*Debate Reflection—for students to reflect on the experience
*Scoring Checklist—for teacher to check off during the debate
*Teacher Notes—to record notes about what went well and what could be improved during the debate
Elementary students can debate, too!
Looking for more activities to incorporate science and ELA? Try these:
Science Show and Tell
Super Science Writing Prompt Collection