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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

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.