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Unit Plan: Cycles: From Rot to Radishes Lesson: 6 Time: Session 1 (40 min) and Session 2 (1 hr) Setting: Classroom 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.


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)

See Lesson Resources for further details.

Lesson Resources:
Benchmarks for Science Literacy: 1B Scientific Inquiry 5D Interdependence of Life 9B Symbolic Representation 12C Manipulation and Observation 12D Communication Skills 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
Next Generation Science Standards
Science and Engineering Practices: Analyzing and interpreting data Engaging in argument from evidence Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

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.