Reflection: Student Led Inquiry What Is This For? Parts of a Seed - Section 3: Active Engagement


One of the big benefits of having the students explore in this open-ended way is that it creates an immediate need for the vocabulary terms and the understanding of them.  The children are working to make sense of the seed, but have a difficult time constructing their written and verbal communication without the accurate terms.  They want and need to know these!

It makes sense to teach terms when they are needed, instead of prior to a task when the word is arbitrary. Creating this moment of need and listening closely for when to introduce a term is the teacher task. 

In the next section of the lesson, I give the students resources to locate the terms they need now that they have information to share.  This research is more powerful than me telling them the term. They will have to read and comprehend text and video and then decipher that information to obtain the correct term.

This is actually rigorous work for an 8 year old and well worth the time!

  Setting Up the Need for Research
  Student Led Inquiry: Setting Up the Need for Research
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What Is This For? Parts of a Seed

Unit 2: Structures of Life: Seeds
Lesson 2 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to create investigations to determine the parts of a seed and then research in order to describe the purpose of those parts.

Big Idea: Identifying and labeling seed parts is an age-old task. However, in this lesson, students will be in the driver's seat, as they create investigations, research, listen to music, and play a quiz game!

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