Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge A Mini Lesson on Specialized Root Systems - Section 2: Examining the Roots


Funny what kids connect. I was blind sighted that students associated fibrous roots with cereal like "Shredded Wheat". But, when I think about it, looking at the photos of the grasses' root systems, it does look like "Shredded Wheat!" I also have been realizing through this entire plant unit that students do not know much about food. It has been my job continually to clarify misconceptions from where and how bananas grow to fiber food. I am planning on bringing in different vegetables in the next few weeks to help them understand some different kinds of vegetables. Parsnips are first on the list. I will make some parsnip chips so they can taste how delicious this root is!

  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Misconceptions
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A Mini Lesson on Specialized Root Systems

Unit 6: Plants: Structures and Processes
Lesson 12 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to identify how roots function to help a plant survive.

Big Idea: Students dig up a dandelion to identify the type of root it is and how it functions. Can we tell why dandelions are so invasive by looking at the root structure?

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Science, plants, Processes (Construction), drawing conclusions, metric measurement, observing, specialzed structure, structures, bees
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