Reflection: Checks for Understanding Patterns In Nature - Section 3: Looking For Patterns


The goal of this section of the lesson was to check for understanding of what a pattern is, and what it might look like in nature. The students were so fascinated with taking the plants apart that this part of the lesson to them was secondary. They were true scientists as they took the plants apart, studied each part and journaled their findings with drawings, rubbings, and labels on parts of the plants that they taped to their pages. 

When we worked on patterns, students found that many small leaves were fuzzy. They found that larger plants had larger veins. They found that while all plants have roots, the root size was not directly related to the size of the plant and they wondered why. 

Studying the plants so closely brought up more questions than answers. Why are the leaves fuzzy? Why do some leaves have more points than others? Why do some plants have such long roots?

Each question can be another investigation and will allow students to discover what interests them. 

As far as the patterns go, students were able to verbalize a number of patterns in nature. As I assessed their understanding, I realized that they were using the patterns to classify the plants as ones with or without fuzzy leaves, ones with long roots and ones with short roots and with each pattern or classification, they had questions that they wanted to explore in greater detail. 

Science should lead the scientist to form new questions from past discoveries, and looking for patterns did just that.

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  Checks for Understanding: Student Patterns
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Patterns In Nature

Unit 6: How Does It Grow
Lesson 1 of 10

Objective: SWBAT observe patterns in plants and leaves

Big Idea: Patterns occur naturally in the world and these patterns can be observed and studied.

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Science, plants, observation, sunlight, nature, dark
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