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PBS KIDS Scratch Jr.: How Plants Grow Lesson Plan

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Title:

PBS KIDS Scratch Jr.: How Plants Grow Lesson Plan

URL:

https://aptv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/how-plants-grow-lesson-plan-scratchjr/how-plants-grow-lesson-plan-scratchjr/

Content Source:

PBS
Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

Tally Ho! Inspired by NATURE CAT, in this activity children will explore cause and effect relationships and what plants need to grow and thrive. Children will be challenged to create projects in PBS KIDS ScratchJr where they make their own plants and trees grow.

Children will learn how to use the PBS KIDS ScratchJr programming blocks to make animated stories and interactive projects. They will explore coding and computational thinking practices as they utilize technology as a tool for creativity, expression and learning with the PBS KIDS ScratchJr app.

Content Standard(s):
Science
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 2
5 ) Plan and carry out an investigation, using one variable at a time (e.g., water, light, soil, air), to determine the growth needs of plants.

Insight Unpacked Content
Scientific And Engineering Practices:
Planning and Carrying out Investigations
Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect
Disciplinary Core Idea: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Plan and carry out an investigation of the growth needs of plants to collect data on the effects of providing/withholding enough water, light, nutrients, and air.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • Investigation
  • Variable
  • Water
  • Light
  • Soil
  • Air
  • Nutrients
  • Causes
  • Effects
  • Isolate
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • Basic growth needs of plants include water, nutrients, light, and air.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Conduct an investigation to produce data used as evidence.
  • Determine the growth needs of plants.
  • Collaboratively develop an investigation plan that describes key features of the investigation and isolates variables as needed.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • There are observable patterns present in the growth of plants that can be used to determine the needs of plants.
AMSTI Resources:
AMSTI Module:
Plants and Bugs
Plant Growth and Development, STC
The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators, EiE

NAEP Framework
NAEP Statement::
E4.5: Natural materials have different properties that sustain plant and animal life.

NAEP Statement::
E4.7: The Sun warms the land, air, and water and helps plants grow.

NAEP Statement::
L4.1: Organisms need food, water, and air; a way to dispose of waste; and an environment in which they can live.*

NAEP Statement::
L4.2: Organisms have basic needs. Animals require air, water, and a source of energy and building material for growth and repair. Plants also require light.

NAEP Statement::
L4.3: Organisms interact and are interdependent in various ways, including providing food and shelter to one another. Organisms can survive only in environments in which their needs are met. Some interactions are beneficial; others are detrimental to the organism and other organisms.



Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SCI.AAS.2.5- Participate in investigations of the growth needs of plants (e.g., water, light, soil, air) over a period of time.


Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 1
3) Construct elements of a simple computer program in collaboration with others.

Examples: Block programming, basic robotics, unplugged programming.

Insight Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • will use paper/pencil examples to determine the correct order of a task.
  • will understand that each piece of block code represents a single step or task.
  • will drag and drop pieces of block code to perform a task.
  • will use block code to operate simple robotic devices.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • blocks of programs associate with an action.
  • blocks of programs can be combined to create a set of actions or a task.
  • robotic devices can respond to blocks of programs.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • determine the order of paper/pencil pieces for a tasks.
  • understand that blocks of code represent an action.
  • drag and drop blocks of programming in online activities to complete tasks.
  • use blocks of programming to control robotic/digital devices.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • pieces of a task can be represented in parts by words or pictures.
  • code can be put together into blocks that can be manipulated.
  • blocks of code together create a task.
  • blocks of code can be used to operate robotic/digital devices.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 2
3) Construct elements of a simple computer program using basic commands.

Examples: Digital block-based programming, basic robotics.

Insight Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • will drag and drop blocks of code to complete a task.
  • will run a program they develop using block based coding.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • program
  • code
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • programming blocks represent a set of codes.
  • block based programs can be used to design a task.
  • block based programs can be interpreted by machines.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • drag and drop blocks of code.
  • drag and drop blocks of code to complete a tasks.
  • run a block based program after sequencing tasks to complete a desired process.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • blocks of code can be moved around and combined into an order that completes a task or process.
  • sets of block coding can be run to perform the task/process.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 3
7) Test and debug a given program in a block-based visual programming environment using arithmetic operators, conditionals, and repetition in programs, in collaboration with others.

Examples: Sequencing cards for unplugged activities, online coding practice.

Insight Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • test a given program in a block
  • based visual programming environment using arithmetic operators, conditionals, and repetition in programs.
  • debug a given program in a block
  • based visual programming environment using arithmetic operators, conditionals, and repetition in programs.
  • collaborate with others.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • test
  • debug
  • program
  • block-based visual programming environment
  • arithmetic operators
  • conditionals
  • repetition
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • strategies for debugging a given program.
  • arithmetic operators create a single numerical solution from multiple oprations.
  • conditionals are "if, then" statements that direct the program.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • test a given program in a block-based visual programming environment using arithmetic operators, conditionals, and repetition in programs, in collaboration with others.
  • debug a given program in a block-based visual programming environment using arithmetic operators, conditionals, and repetition in programs, in collaboration with others.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • a given program must be tested and debugged to run correctly.
  • block-based visual programming uses arithemetic operators, conditionals, and repetition to function.
Tags: algorithm, block, code, coding, events, parallelism, plants, programming, scratch jr, sequence
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PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. app is now available for free from the App Store on iPad and from the Google Play store on Android tablets.

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Author: Stephanie Carver