Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Day One of Joey's Plant Lab - Section 3: Guided Exploration


Using Technology to Develop Conceptual Understanding

One of the great uses of technology is that it presents information in such an engaging way, that it assists students in developing a conceptual understanding of even the most complex topics.  It is difficult to compete with video games and all of the instant gratification that students have available.  Using well thought out, quality internet resources are a great way to supplement instruction, especially for those students who finish early and need more depth - without requiring the drudgery of more work!

The Great Plant Escape is an Award Winning Website by the University of Illinois Extension that is designed to introduce students to plant science and increase their understanding of how foods grow.  This is an elementary program specifically for 4th and 5th Grade students.  The website comes with a Teacher's Guide, and they will even provide a poster for your classroom.

Besides, students love it!

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Learning With Technology!
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Day One of Joey's Plant Lab

Unit 2: Plaid Pete Discovers What Matters in Ecosystems
Lesson 8 of 20

Objective: SWBAT explain how plants acquire their material for growth; describe basic plant structures; and explain how matter cycles through ecosystems.

Big Idea: What materials are absolutely necessary in order for plants to grow? Students construct hydroponic systems and set up a treatment to investigate the effects of sunlight and no-sunlight on plant leaves.

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