Reflection: High Quality Task Growing "Beanstalks"- A Cross-Curricular Connection (Science and Writing) - Section 4: Student Observation Process

 

Writing is what makes this activity as meaningful as it is!  If I just had my students plant their seeds and watch them grow, they would learn, yes; however, they wouldn't learn as much!  My students learn a whole lot when they are writing about their plants.  They see for themselves what their plants need.  They look at the plants and compare and contrast them.  They look at the plants and think how they are alike or different from the image in their mind!  The writing in this activity is some of the most interesting and student-driven writing I have seen.  I would never let my student grow their beanstalks without writing about it; they grow along with their plants!

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Growing "Beanstalks"- A Cross-Curricular Connection (Science and Writing)

Unit 4: Jack and the Beanstalk Unit
Lesson 7 of 7

Objective: SWBAT make a connection between a familiar story and a science experiment; then, they record their findings and write in response to the fun!

Big Idea: GROW beans, scientists, readers and writers... all with one task!

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