Reflection: Vertical Alignment Dissecting a Seed - Section 3: Evaluate


I have a few developmentally delayed students, a couple of mono-lingual Spanish students, and some severe speech students. Because of this, I deliberately vertically align my lessons. This means that what they hear, they see and what they see, they do. This gives every student a minimum of three opportunities per lesson to absorb the newly presented information.

In this lesson, I first have them explore the anatomy of a seed through dissecting a water drenched lima bean. They identify the seed coat, the food store and the embryo. Immediately following this experience, we watch a video about the anatomy of a lima bean. Now they have seen it, heard it and experienced it.

This is a guaranteed way to get all students to make connections and retain the new learning. It generates excitement as well. Because of lessons like this one, my students' parents are always telling me how much their kids love school, especially science and that their kids are actually teaching them!

  Explore + video = connect
  Vertical Alignment: Explore + video = connect
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Dissecting a Seed

Unit 10: That's the way to plant one!
Lesson 2 of 8

Objective: SWBAT observe the anatomy of a seed by "dissecting" a lima bean.

Big Idea: Students learn that there is more to a seed than what they see on the outside.

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