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Unit Plan: Cycles: From Rot to Radishes Lesson: 2 Time: Session 1 (40 min) and Session 2 (40 min) Setting: Classroom Objectives:

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:
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.