Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Marshland Plants - Section 4: Plant Study


I want students to develop an understanding of what plants are like on the inside. The best way for students to develop this conceptual understanding is through discovery. Whenever possible I allow students to take things apart, or study them on their own. I want students to be true scientists and develop that understanding without me just telling them things.

Students were fascinated with the plants. They took them apart, drew them, shared their findings and went to take a second plant to compare to the first. By the end of the lesson students were able to talk about how the plants were constructed.

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  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Student Discoveries
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Marshland Plants

Unit 5: Where Does It Live?
Lesson 11 of 17

Objective: SWBAT identify several plants that are common to the marsh habitat, and talk about how these might provide shelter for animals living there

Big Idea: Plant life is as diverse as animal life. Realizing that some plants do better in one habitat than another is important for understanding diversity

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Science, forest, ecosystem, observations, survival, rainforest, habitats
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