Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Pumpkins are Plants! - Section 3: Exploration


At this point in the year, my students understand the expectations for working hard and collaborative work. I try to balance my instruction between providing them with information that they need to be exposed to and giving them structured activities for student-led inquiry. This activity is supported by my instruction of the basic needs of plants in the previous and the understanding of what we learned afterwards in the discussion. Watch how I set up centers for this activity.

The student need for this strategy for using hands-on inquiry at this point is to get students active with science and Exploring. We have done a lot of writing and recording with the basic needs of animals and plants, and it is time to really get some hands-on science going! It's important to get students interested in science - watch Student Led Inquiry at Work!

My students have high interest in pumpkins and gourds because it is autumn. They also really like to touch, feel, and explore things! This is a great opportunity to feed into student interest and exploring using the senses to really help them link their prior knowledge about pumpkins to the new knowledge about the basic needs of plants.

  Student Led Inquiry: Hands-On Exploring!
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Pumpkins are Plants!

Unit 5: Living Organisms - Plants
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: SWBAT identify the basic needs of pumpkins for energy and growth.

Big Idea: Students explore the ooey, gooey insides of pumpkins to learn about plant growth!

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Science, First Grade, 1.L.2.1 Summarize the basic needs of a variety of different plants (including air, water, nutrients, and light) for energy and growth.
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