Reflection: Accountability Photosynthesis Symphony - Implementing Our Inquiry Labs - Section 3: Direct Instruction - Measuring Growth Along With The Melody


This activity was a three week long inquiry lab that required students to be self-sufficient and have the dedication to check in with their plants every other day.  Some groups did a wonderful job and were very thorough with their observations and measurements.  Most students at the College Prep level needed a little more hand-holding to ensure that they used the allotted 5 minutes in a constructive, productive manner.  My instructions were to water, measure, and observe the plants every other day.  I rotated around the room, but did not check in with each group every day.  Next year, I will make sure to "visit" and assess the progress of each group each day that they were to work with their plants.  These scientific inquiry skills need to be managed as our students are developing their passion for science.  It takes daily nurturing to ensure that the students work up to their maximum potential!

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Photosynthesis Symphony - Implementing Our Inquiry Labs

Unit 3: Cell Energy
Lesson 6 of 8

Objective: SWBAT implement their student inquiry lab to investigate a question regarding photosynthesis. Students will apply the steps of the scientific method to delve deeper into their understanding of photosynthesis.

Big Idea: Now is your chance to ask your own questions, develop your own inquiry lab, and take control of your learning using plants and your knowledge of photosynthesis. Let the fun begin!

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Science, Biology / Life Science, Photosynthesis, plants, experimental design, Scientific Method (Science Skills), scientific discovery, variable, student inquiry labs, collecting data, observation, Quantitative data, qualitative data
  57 minutes
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