Mary Ellen Kanthack

Mary Ellen Kanthack
4th Grade Science
81 Lessons
Brookwood Middle
Genoa City, WI
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Busy Bees
Big Idea: Students research bees and how their specialized body parts help them in survival and contribute to the success of plant survival and reproduction.
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Why are Bees Important to Agriculture? Composing a Scientific Argument
Big Idea: This cross curricular writing lesson helps students take their research information about bees and connect it to agriculture.
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Conifers and Arbor Day
Big Idea: After receiving their own pine tree, students learn about conifers and understand why Arbor Day came about.
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That's Not a Plant, It's a Weed!   Discovering Functions of External Plant Parts; What Makes a Plant a Plant?
Big Idea: Using data and prior knowledge, students use Educreations to explain their observations, measurements and understanding of various plant's external parts and how they help the plant survive in its environment.
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Daffodil Walk
Big Idea: We take a walk to enjoy and observe the blooming daffodils we had planted the fall before to further our understanding of how this beautiful plant grows and survives a cold Wisconsin winter.
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Dissecting Daffodils
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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Writing About Our Daffodils
Big Idea: Students write a reflection about their Daffodil Project from the fall as they experience the blooms and change in the plant they had planted.
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Monster Plants
Big Idea: Given a set of criteria about climate and soil, students research carnivorous plants and create a model that will support their argument of how external parts help this plant survive in its environment.
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What's In the Woods? Part 1.
Big Idea: Taking a walk in the woods in the early spring gives us a chance to really understand the changes in plant's structure.
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What's in the Woods? Part 2
Big Idea: We take our second journey back into the woods to find the plants we had tagged a week ago. At this point, students take new data to find out if
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What's in the Woods?: Part 3
Big Idea: This last visit to the woods helps finalize the growth and change data students have been collecting as they learn to identify what plant they have been studying using their evidence and data.
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A Mini Lesson on Specialized Root Systems
Big Idea: Students dig up a dandelion to identify the type of root it is and how it functions. Can we tell why dandelions are so invasive by looking at the root structure?
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Choice, Collaboration, and Developing an Assessment
Big Idea: Today we develop strategies to study for a science exam. Expectations and resources are studied to prepare for mastering the standard on plants.
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Specialized Stuctures of a Plant: Unit Assessment
Big Idea: Students show what they know about how external and internal specialized structures of the plant help it survive and reproduce.
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