Eco-Inquiry, an ecology curriculum for grades 5-8 helps teachers transform their classrooms into centers of ecological research.

Day 2: Plans and Peer Reviews


Students work in groups to design a fair test that will yield information for GROW, then review each others plans and decide on a final design.

Lesson Overview

Students will be able to: design a fair test to answer a research question, give constructive feedback on experimental design to their peers, have ideas about what indicators of plant health could be useful to measure and observe

Session 1- 40 min and Session 2 - 40 min

Session 1 and 2

For the class:

  • Samples of experiment materials:

packet of radish seeds
4 6-oz. clear plastic cups
bag of vermiculite
2 plant pot markers
measuring cup
2 dropping pipettes

  • large sheet of newsprint

For each student:

  • copy of  "Research Proposal"

See Lesson Resources below for further details.

Lesson Resources
NYS Standards
MST 4- Physical setting, living environment and nature of science
MST 7- Problem solving using mathematics, science, and technology (working effectively, process and analyze information, presenting results)
Benchmarks for Science Literacy
1B Scientific Inquiry

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