Reflection: Flexibility Do Leaves Change Color All At Once? Part II - Section 2: Sharing with Partners


Due to several large storms stealing the leaves from the trees, we had to change our final graph. I had to be flexible with what I had intended and how we finally created our graph. I had intended to see on what day most of our leaves had fallen, but with the storm, most of the leaves were down at the same time. Instead I asked students to look at 3 different dates, one at the beginning, one in the middle and one at the end of our observation period. I then asked them to create color coded leaves from construction paper, green if few leaves had changed, yellow if a some had changed, red if most had changed and finally brown if all the leaves had changed or fallen. They then came and placed those leaves on the graphs of the 3 days. We looked at the three days to see how at the beginning most people saw only a few leaves changed but by the end, most or all had changed. It took the 2 weeks for this to happen.

The graphs were different from what I had planned, but they did provide a way to visually see what had happened and that the leaves changed slowly and not all at once.

  Flexibility: A Change Of Plans
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Do Leaves Change Color All At Once? Part II

Unit 1: What Do Scientists Do?
Lesson 12 of 14

Objective: Students will use the data they have collected to answer the question: Do leaves change color all at once?

Big Idea: Students are learning to think like scientists and find an answer to their own question.

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Science, Science Skills, Scientific Method (Science Skills), pattern, writing about science, analyze data
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