Eco-Inquiry

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

Day 6: Radish Results

Objectives

Students make and process final observations of their plants, graphs and discuss their data in groups, compile the whole class data, discuss conclusions, then write letters to GROW.

Lesson Overview

Students will be able to: make insightful observations and accurate measurements; graph their data; use and interpret their graphs; acknowledge and try to explain unexpected results; draw conclusions that are supposed by their data.

Time: 
Session 1- 40 min and Session 2 - 1hr
Setting: 
Classroom
Materials

Session 1

For each group of 3-4 students:

  • sample card of paint chips in shades of green (optional)
  • rulers

For each student:

  • 1-2 sheets of graph paper

Session 2

For the class:

  • sheet of newsprint

For each student:

  • 3-4 oz. paper cups (optional)
  • copy of "Experiment Conclusions"
  • copy of "Group Work Evaluation" (see Eco-Inquiry's multiple forms of assessment)
Procedure

See Lesson Resources below for further details.

NYS Standards
MST 1 - Mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design
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)
ELA 1- Language to collect and interpret information and understand generalizations
ELA 4 - Language for communication and social interaction with a wide variety of people
Benchmarks for Science Literacy
1B Scientific Inquiry
5D Interdependence of Life
9B Symbolic Representation
12C Manipulation and Observation
12D Communication Skills

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