Reflection: Performance Tasks Growing Knowledge about Plants - Section 2: Warm Up


As a preassessment for the basic needs of plants, I anticipated some students would plant a seed in a bag with a paper towel, just like many teachers do when beginning a unit about plants. Nobody did that! However, one of my students is ahead of her time, but she does not know it yet! She got a little carried away and had about half a pinch of soil, a few seeds, and a cup full of water! I watched her do this very carefully and although other students were telling her that she was doing it 'wrong', she continued. This tells me that she was trying something new and being adventurous - a true scientist in our midst! This video was recorded after a few days, and she realized her seeds were not growing. She reflects on this and what she should do next time. Watch her explain her thinking. 

  Performance Tasks: Hydroponic Planting!
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Growing Knowledge about Plants

Unit 2: Living Organisms - Introduction
Lesson 2 of 3

Objective: SWBAT activate their background knowledge about plants and get a seed ready to grow!

Big Idea: Growing plants is a great way to introducing basic needs of living organisms!

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Science, First Grade, 1.L.1.1 Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space, food, and shelter
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