Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Plants Drink Water - Section 3: Setting Up the Experiment


Students were so excited by this lesson. Even those who remembered doing the experiment in kindergarten were so excited by being given the directions and allowed to do the experiment on their own. 

They didn't have to follow my directions or ask what to do because the format was spelled out for them. They were excited that they could put in their own water and their own food coloring.

Waiting for the results was also very motivating for the students. They ran back to check on the celery every time they had a chance. Most of the students were sure that the leaves would turn color, but waiting for it to happen was almost more magical than seeing it the first time. Students kept looking at the experiment and saying, I think it is beginning to work. I can see blue dots on my leaves, or on the stem. 

Sometimes simple is actually more exciting than the complex things we create. This experiment, the first that students did totally independently, was one that they were most excited  about and proud of.

  Excitement in Learning
  Intrinsic Motivation: Excitement in Learning
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Plants Drink Water

Unit 6: How Does It Grow
Lesson 3 of 10

Objective: SWBAT visualize how plants absorb the water in the ground around them.

Big Idea: Plants take in nutrients from their environment. This common experiment helps students to visualize the process.

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Science, plants, experimental design, sunlight, nature, dark
  40 minutes
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