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Author:Linda Vick
System: Marengo County
School: Marengo High School
Lesson Plan ID: 6621
Title: A Study of Plants
In this lesson, students will incorporate reading and writing concepts to learn the parts of a plant. Several different technology resources will be incorporated to aid in the learning process.
Content Standard(s):
SC(2) 5. Identify the relationship of structure to function in plants, including roots, stems, leaves, and flowers.
TC2(K-2) 2. Identify applications and operations of various technology systems.
TC2(K-2) 7. Use digital tools to access and retrieve information.
Local/National Standards:  
Primary Learning Objective(s): Students will use a variety of multi-media resources to study and become familiar with the parts of plant. Students will create a story about plants using vocabulary learned in study of plants.
Additional Learning Objective(s): Students will use the computer and Internet, independently and with a partner. Students will use a word processing program to write/publish a story about plants.
Approximate Duration of the Lesson: Greater than 120 Minutes
Materials and Equipment:
Mr. Hobson's Garden (found in McGraw-Hill's level reader resource kit), McGraw-Hill's Science Explore Video, transparency showing the parts of a plant, writing paper, crayons, drawing paper, overhead projector, television and VCR
Technology Resources Needed:
Computer with Internet access, word processing software, floppy disk
Students would have been introduced to plants. Students would already be aware that plants are living things.
1.)Read the book, Mr. Hobson's Garden, to the class. Have students predict and preview the book as it is read. Ask the students questions like, "What is a garden?", "What types of things grow in a garden?", or "Do any of you have a garden?"

2.)Students will watch a Science Explore activity video. Teacher will direct a discussion of explicit questions about what the students saw in the video. Each student will use drawing paper, pencils and crayons to draw a plant that he/she liked from the video.

3.)Teacher uses the overhead projector to display a plant parts transparency. Teacher points to each part on the transparency and the students name the parts together.

4.)Students will use the computer and Internet. Students will go to Enchanted Learning web site listed below. After finding a plant picture that he/she likes, have the student print one copy for himself/herself.
(Enchanted Learning)
Includes early reader books about plants, printable worksheets and drawings, quizzes, and coloring pages.

5.)Students will write a story about plants, including the new plant vocabulary in the story. Students will work with a partner to check their papers using the writing steps. Then students will go to the computer and type the story using word processing software. Once the story is complete, the student will save it on a floppy disk and print a copy.

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Assessment Strategies:
Teacher will informally assess students by observing during discussion and participation in activities. Students' stories could be used as a more formal assessment.
This lesson could be extended by the use of additional books, watching other videos, or doing more in-depth research using the Internet.
Students who need additional help will be assisted by the teacher or a peer tutor.
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