Phenomena: Flooded SchoolyardStorylineThis photograph was taken at an elementary school in Maryland after a severe Summer rainstorm. The students are concerned about the impact of the increased rainfall in such a short period of time.PE Alignment:4-ESS2-1. Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind or vegetation.4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans. Image source: "Spring Runoff" by Walking With Scissors at https://www.flickr.com/photos/15582597@N06/5636129904/ CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)
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Lesson OverviewFactors that affect plant growthInitial Level - Distinguish things that grow from things that don’t grow.Students will identify the factors that affect plant growth.Precursor Level - Provide evidence that plants grow.Students will create a graph given the data.Target Level - Connections to Mathematics Essential Elements EE.5.MD.1.b: Use standard units to measure weight and length of objects. Students will collect data, create a graph, and analyze the data.Teacher Planning, Examples of Response Methods and MaterialsSee Full Lesson Plan Attached
Unit Essential QuestionsDoes the student identify examples of change?Does the student understand the difference between before and after chemical changes using gathered data?Does the student understand the difference between before and after chemical changes by interpreting and analyzing data? Learning ObjectivesAs a result of this lesson, students will know and be able to:Interpret and analyze data on the properties of substances before and after chemical changes have occurred. (Please note: Physical properties/changes have already been studied.)Target LevelInterpret and analyze data on the properties of substances before and after chemical changes have occurred.Precursor LevelGather data on the properties of substances before and after chemical changes have occurred.Initial LevelObserve and identify examples of change.Teacher Planning, Examples of Response Methods and MaterialsSee Full Lesson Plan Attached
This video explains how to use graphs, including how to set up a graph, the use of variables, and how to interpret the data. Disclaimer: Host website is responsible for accessibility compliance. Educator is responsible for accommodations.
This interactive site displays the organization and aspects of the plant, animal, and bacterial cell models through animations and text (requires Adobe Flash Player). Disclaimer: Host website is responsible for accessibility compliance. Educator is responsible for accommodations.