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Self-Directed Scientific Inquiry: Phototropism {Printable and Digital Option}

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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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This self-directed, scientific open inquiry resource on phototropism is Google Apps™ compatible. This resource includes a printable AND digital version. The digital version can be assigned to students via Google Classroom™ where students can add, edit, and share their content with you. No printing necessary.

Activity: Students will investigate phototropism through student-led experimentation. They will use the principles of student-directed open inquiry. Students will make observations about the directional growth of plants toward light (phototropism). They will conduct background research, develop their own testable questions about phototropism, design their own experiments to test their questions, analyze their results, and draw conclusions based on results and additional research. Students will direct the inquiry experience and you will facilitate.

Age group: Open inquiry in theory is appropriate for all ages because it is personalized. Students ask their own questions and design their own investigations. The guiding materials included in this resource, however, are geared more toward high school students as far as language and format is concerned. Having some experience with inquiry-based learning and experimental design is helpful but not mandatory. You are there to help guide them through this activity, as are the guiding materials included in this resource. You can use this resource to teach students about inquiry-based learning and how to design an experiment if you are up for that. This activity is also great for seasoned inquiry-based learners. Consider the population you are working with and your own teaching objectives when determining whether it is appropriate for your population.

Materials and prep: Prep includes gathering and setting up lab materials and printing and distributing copies of templates included in this resource. OR you can assign the activity through Google Classroom for distance learning purposes. Lab materials are pretty basic. The activity can be completed without any fancy gardening or science equipment.

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This product includes:

  1. Teacher guide
  2. Brainstorming activity
  3. Investigation templates
  4. Reflection
  5. Formative assessment

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Total Pages
14 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy. Emphasis is on illustrating inputs and outputs of matter and the transfer and transformation of energy in photosynthesis by plants and other photosynthesizing organisms. Examples of models could include diagrams, chemical equations, and conceptual models. Assessment does not include specific biochemical steps.


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