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Plans and Peer Reviews

Unit Plan: Cycles: From Rot to RadishesLesson: 2 Time: Session 1 (40 min) and Session 2 (40 min) Setting: Classroom
3-5, 6-8Schoolyard Ecology
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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.


    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 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 Files

    Plans and Peer Reviews
    Contains "Research Proposal"

    Benchmarks for Science Literacy

    1B Scientific Inquiry

    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)
    Next Generation Science Standards

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Planning and carrying out investigations

    Cross Cutting Concepts

    Patterns, Cause and effect

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    LS1C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
    New York State Science Learning Standards

    Performance Expectations

    MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem., MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms in a variety of ecosystems.

    Hogan, Kathleen. Eco-Inquiry: A Guide to Ecological Learning Experiences for the Upper Elementary/Middle Grades. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, PO Box 1840, 4050 Westmark Drive, Dubuque, IA 52004-1840., 1994.