Reflection: Lesson Planning What Do Plants Need-Part II - Section 2: Results


This lesson was formed around an inquiry investigation.  Instead of telling the students what the needs of plants are and then doing an investigation after it, we did the investigation and then discussed the outcomes, having the students make connections to the concept I wanted them to understand.

I am always amazed when I teach an inquiry lesson how the students seem to quickly grasp the concept.  I could have spent a great deal of time putting a Smartboard lesson together for the students, but that was not necessary.  After our inquiry activity, the students pretty much knew the concept.  I did not need to engage them in a lengthy presentation.  This is perfect for kindergarteners who have fairly short attention spans.  The students are engaged in hands-on learning for the majority of the science lessons and because of the knowledge gained through the inquiry activity, the direct instruction portion of the lesson can be shortened substantially.

The success of these lessons has me thinking about how I can make adjustments to all my science lessons and also how I can incorporate a similar style of instruction for math, having students engage in investigations with manipulatives prior to the instruction of a math concept. 

  Making Connections with Inquiry
  Lesson Planning: Making Connections with Inquiry
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What Do Plants Need-Part II

Unit 7: Planting
Lesson 12 of 14

Objective: Student will be able to identify some needs of plants by completing an investigation.

Big Idea: In the previous lesson, students participated in a planting investigation. Now it is time for them to draw conclusions from the investigation.

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Science, Science Skills, plants, inquiry, questioning strategy, plant
  50 minutes
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