Reflection: Lesson Planning Leaves and Flowers-Structure and Function - Section 4: Closing


For the previous lesson, I introduced roots and stems by having the students to an inquiry style lesson.  They put carnations in colored water and observed the changes that occurred.  This helped bridge their understanding of the function of stems and roots.  I did not do an inquiry lesson prior to teaching this lesson on leaves and flowers.

Although, I think the students grasped this concept, I think the lesson was a little "flat".  They did not have the excitement and enthusiasm going into this lesson that they did on the lesson on roots and stems.  There was no inquiry investigation to bridge the learning to, so they really came into this lesson at a disadvantage. 

In the future, I am going to introduce these structures with another inquiry lesson.  I did some calling around to local green houses to get some ideas.  They suggested that I purchase two bedding plants and completely remove the leave from one plant and not the other.  Then, we observe the growth of the plants when one is missing its food factory.  I think this would be a great inquiry lesson to have the students better understand leaves and the important function they perform for the plant. 

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Leaves and Flowers-Structure and Function

Unit 7: Planting
Lesson 8 of 14

Objective: Student will be able to identify the functions of plant leaves and flowers by writing in their science journals.

Big Idea: Plants provide an easily accessible way for students to strengthen their understanding of the concepts of structure and function. Not only will students have this important science concept reinforced, but also practice their writing skills as well.

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Science, Science Skills, plants, science journals, plant
  40 minutes
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