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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.


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 Files:
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.