Reflection: Perseverance It Starts With a Seed… - Section 2: Activity


When giving the students a creative task it is important to have all the materials they need within easy reach or they can become distracted from the task itself by obsessing where to find the materials they need. 

It was also important for me to provide the students with some visual clues as to how to go about building a germination environment because many of them had no experience with seeds before and had no idea what to do. Providing them with visual clues gave them basic ideas to start with and they could modify their chosen environment as they created it.

It was also important for me to be at this station with them for two reasons. The first reason was so I guide them with leading questions. For example, students who chose a plastic bottle for their germination environment wanted to be able to attach the top of the bottle to the base but were worried as to how they would water it. Although the answer was quite obvious - take the bottle cap off the top and pour the water down, the students did not see that right away.

The second reason to be there was for moral support. Students are often worried about whether they are doing the right thing or not. If they think they are not doing it right they will often shut down and leave tasks incomplete. I am there to tell them they are on t he right track and offer praise or suggestions as needed.     

  Perseverance: Environment of Learning
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It Starts With a Seed…

Unit 2: Pumpkins
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: Students will be able to determine the best germination environment for a seed by selecting and building a seed germination device and observing the growth of a pumpkin seed.

Big Idea: Selecting their own germination environment allows students a chance to plan and carry out their own investigation.

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