Reflection: Debate Plant or Alien? An Exploration of Germination - Section 2: Mini Lesson


"The study of science and engineering should produce a sense of the process of argument necessary for advancing and defending a new idea or an explanation of a phenomenon and the norms for conducting such arguments. In that spirit, students should argue for the explanations they construct, defend their interpretations of the associated data, and advocate for the designs they propose. (NRC Framework, 2012, p. 73)"

The above quote is an excellent explanation of why we, as teachers, need to include time and activities that will allow students to agree and disagree with each other in order to make sense of concepts and grow from input.  Constructive debate, with the intention of creating understanding and agreement, is essential to becoming an open-minded, constructive questioner and problem solver. 

The hardest area for young students is having their ideas changed.  Working with lessons like this allow natural debate and helps students feel safe in communicating their thinking as no real "answer" is ever given.  It is all exploration and evidence gathering.  


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Plant or Alien? An Exploration of Germination

Unit 2: Structures of Life: Seeds
Lesson 6 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to apply correct science vocabulary to label photos of germinating seeds, while continuing to work on stating claims with supporting evidence.

Big Idea: Allowing students many opportunities to make sense of their world before leading them to the answer is essential to supporting them in their scientific growth. This lesson allows students to explore their ability to gather evidence.

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Science, germination, pattern, life cycle, claim
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