Reflection: Rigor Dissecting Daffodils - Section 2: The Dissection Begins


This lesson became rigorous when I allowed them to figure out how they would dissect the daffodil. As a teacher, wanting so much for them to just "get it in gear" and dissect the daffodil in some sort of common sense way, I was amazed at the difficulty. I think it comes from past years of continually spoon feeding them lessons. Even FOSS kits, which I love, tend to be very structured in their design. This type of lesson truly pushes them out of a comfort zone that is needed in order to help them with engineering practices and confidence in arguing using evidence. This lesson was intended for exploration and observation only. Later, they will write about their discoveries.

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  Rigor: Difficulty With Student Driven Investigations
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Dissecting Daffodils

Unit 6: Plants: Structures and Processes
Lesson 6 of 14

Objective: Students observe the external and internal parts of a plant and flower to understand how this plant survives and reproduces.

Big Idea: Students dissect daffodils to observe the internal and external parts of the plant in order to better understand how they survive and reproduce.

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Science, plants, Processes (Construction), dissecting flowers, internal and external parts of a plant, plant survival, structures, bees
  60 minutes
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