Reflection: Staircase of Complexity Pumpkins!! The Forgotten Fruit - Section 2: Setting the Purpose(Day One)


Besides, the connection to our reading, I want the students to make connections from the learning about apples to the this plant. Earlier in the school year, when we learned about Insects,  I methodically taught the students that three different types of insects have life cycles.  I did this for a very specific reason....I want to be very careful that I am not contributing to any misconceptions that my students will have about the concept of life cycles.  

If I only teach my students that one insect species has a life cycle, I run the risk of some students over generalizing and believing that only that insect has a life cycle.  I wanted to be absolutely sure during that unit, that I made the point crystal clear that all insects have a life cycle.  The premise is the same with plants.  If I only show my students one type of plant and it's life cycle, I will again run the same risk.  

Second graders come into the school year so excited and have a strong sense of numbers, using that knowledge and enthusiasm to practice Science and Engineering Practice 5, is an easy way to encourage students to practice the skills of gathering and analyzing data.  This lesson scaffolds that learning.  Earlier in the unit, when the students worked with apples and gathering data very similar to this, I carefully held their "educational hands."  This lesson releases some of that hand holding and allows the children to this learning, but in a more independent way. 

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  Staircase of Complexity: Why Connect to Prior Learning?
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Pumpkins!! The Forgotten Fruit

Unit 3: Unit 3 - Apples, Pumpkins and Bread!! OH! My!!
Lesson 10 of 11

Objective: SWBT analyze the system of a pumpkin by making observations, estimations, and predictions.

Big Idea: Recognizing that plants do not grow without certain elements within their system and life cycle can be confusing if children do not understand they must all be present at the same time.

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Science, plants, pumpkins, life cycle, observation, analyze
  120 minutes
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