Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding That's Not a Plant, It's a Weed! Discovering Functions of External Plant Parts; What Makes a Plant a Plant? - Section 5: Closure and Homework


They are beginning to understand... In this short video clip, I talk about students' development of understanding of classification and what makes a plant a plant as we begin to master this standard. Infusion of technology helped them develop their conceptual understanding. Because they were able to photograph stages of their data collection, students easily think through how the plant used external parts to adapt to its environment. Working in pairs helped speed up and support the learning process. I thought it was important for me to create a video to show them so they could see how their data transforms into information and communicating their understanding.

Prior to NGSS, we would have focused on just the plant "parts." The depth and rigor of this standard comes to the surface as we transition our thinking about how a plant's external part doesn't just have a name and function, but serves the plant for survival in its environment. Therein lies the difference between our old science standards and NGSS. It is deeper, richer and more rigorous to help support and develop critical thinking individuals.

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Their understanding of how plants adapt is just beginning.
Loading resource...

That's Not a Plant, It's a Weed! Discovering Functions of External Plant Parts; What Makes a Plant a Plant?

Unit 6: Plants: Structures and Processes
Lesson 4 of 14

Objective: SWBAT identify external structures of plants and describe their function.

Big Idea: Using data and prior knowledge, students use Educreations to explain their observations, measurements and understanding of various plant's external parts and how they help the plant survive in its environment.

  Print Lesson
33 teachers like this lesson
Science, plants, Observational Learning, Processes (Construction), Language Arts, adaptation and structure, structures, bees
  60 minutes
dandelion in
Similar Lessons
Stairway to Learning! Moving Your Way to Understanding Metric Unit Conversions
6th Grade Science » Scientific Measuring and Variable Testing
Big Idea: Many 6th graders find it difficult to understand the metric system. By going outside and drawing life-size staircases with chalk, this lesson provides students with a kinesthetic way to become comfortable with metric unit conversions.
East Walpole, MA
Environment: Suburban
David Kujawski
Buckling and Bending the Earth's Surface - Weathering Day 1
4th Grade Science » Weathering Wreaks Havoc
Big Idea: Students will explore and understand that the crust of the earth is constantly moving and changing over time due to weathering processes.
Anchorage, AK
Environment: Urban
Jillian Gates
Measurement: The skill of how long, how big, how small, how much?
2nd Grade Science » Inquiry in Science
Big Idea: Measurement is a tool that can makes life easier.
East Wenatchee, WA
Environment: Suburban
Veronique Paquette
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload