Reflection: Standards Alignment What makes a seed? - Section 3: Exploration: Tending the Garden, Day 1


The NGSS standards are not just about content.  Rather, they place just as much importance on the Science and Engineering Practices.  The language used in the standards is deliberate as well.  These standards don't call for teachers to present information, "Seeds are different; see these pictures."

Instead, students ask the questions, plan the investigations, and make first-hand observations.  Some teachers may shy away from the noise and freedom given to students during investigations, but it's important to trust them!  Students who ask their own questions are more engaged and curious about finding the answers.  See how this group is completely on-task in the investigation and is figuring out how seeds work!

  Standards Alignment: The importance of discovery
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What makes a seed?

Unit 5: Plants: Parts, Parents, Patterns
Lesson 3 of 12

Objective: SWBAT identify questions that can be answered by dissecting a plant seed.

Big Idea: Jack and the Beanstalk starts with magic seeds. Today, we'll dissect seeds and see the magic of nature within!

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Science, plants, pattern, seed, leaves
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green bean seed
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