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Introducing: A Plant Story

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Bree Amidon
System:Alabama Department of Education
School:Alabama Department of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1438
Title:
Introducing: A Plant Story
Digital Tool/Resource:
Narrated Video: A Plant Story
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

This video illustrates the plant life cycle, while introducing the key topics of seed germination and photosynthesis.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Science
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 3
6 ) Create representations to explain the unique and diverse life cycles of organisms other than humans (e.g., flowering plants, frogs, butterflies), including commonalities such as birth, growth, reproduction, and death.


NAEP Framework
NAEP Statement::
L4.5: Plants and animals have life cycles. Both plants and animals begin life and develop into adults, reproduce, and eventually die. The details of this life cycle are different for different organisms.


Unpacked Content
Scientific And Engineering Practices:
Developing and Using Models
Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns
Disciplinary Core Idea: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Create representations to explain the unique life cycles of organisms other than humans.
  • Create representations to explain the diverse life cycles of organisms other than humans.
  • Identify relevant components (organisms, birth, growth, reproduction, and death) of their representations.
  • Describe relationships between components in their representations.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • Create
  • Explain
  • Representations
  • Unique
  • Diverse
  • Commonalities
  • Life cycles
  • Organisms
  • Birth
  • Growth
  • Reproduction
  • Death
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • Organisms are born, grow, reproduce and die in a pattern known as a life cycle.
  • Organisms have unique and diverse life cycles.
  • An organism can be classified as either a plant or an animal.
  • There is a causal direction of the cycle (e.g., without birth, there is no growth; without reproduction, there are no births).
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Create representations to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  • Explain the unique and diverse life cycles of organisms other than humans.
  • Explain commonalities of organisms such as birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • Patterns of change can be used to make predictions about the unique life cycles of organisms.
AMSTI Resources:
AMSTI Module:
Heredity and Diversity

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SCI.AAS.3.6- Observe and recognize the major stages (birth, growth, reproduction, and death) in the life cycles of organisms other than humans (e.g., flowering plants, frogs, butterflies).


Science
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 5
9 ) Construct an illustration to explain how plants use light energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into a storable fuel, carbohydrates, and a waste product, oxygen, during the process of photosynthesis.

Unpacked Content
Scientific And Engineering Practices:
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Crosscutting Concepts: Energy and Matter
Disciplinary Core Idea: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Construct and label an illustration that demonstrates the process of photosynthesis and the conversion of carbon dioxide and water into storable fuel, carbohydrates and oxygen.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • convert
  • carbohydrates
  • waste product
  • photosynthesis
  • carbon dioxide
  • produces
  • oxygen
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • What plants need to survive.
  • Parts of plants and their functions in the process of photosynthesis.
  • The sun is the source of energy.
  • Plants are producers.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Construct an illustration to explain the scientific phenomenon of photosynthesis.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • Plants are producers of energy through the process of photosynthesis.
AMSTI Resources:
AMSTI Module:
Dynamics of Ecosystems

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SCI.AAS.5.9- Using a given model, recognize that plants use light energy to make their own food during the process of photosynthesis.


Learning Objectives:

Students will:

  • observe the life cycle of plants.
  • recognize the parts of a plant:  the roots, stem, leaves and flower.
  • identify photosynthesis as the method used by plants to produce food.
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
Before/Engage
Activity:

Introduce the life cycle of a plant displaying the video entitled "Narrated Video: A Plant Story", using a projector or other group projection tool. 

  • Ask the students to recall prior knowledge of the life cycle of a plant.
  • Display the video using a group projection device such as a projector.
  • During the video presentation, allow students to identify the parts of the plant.
  • Upon completion of the video presentation, ask students to explain seed germination and photosynthesis. When possible, prompt students to use relevant vocabulary terms. Note areas where students need help to better understand the method used by plants to produce food. 
Assessment Strategies:

During discussion activities, determine if the students are capable of describing the life cycle of plants and of identifying the parts of the plant. Analyze the responses during the group discussion to determine the level of understanding of seed germination and photosynthesis.


Advanced Preparation:

Access/download the video prior to the activity. Ensure all technical aspects of the equipment (projection device and computer) are up to date.

Variation Tips (optional):

This video may be used as an introductory activity to the ALEX lesson plan “Seeds: How They Grow” https://alex.state.al.us/lesson_view.php?id=24035.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):
 
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: life cycle, photosynthesis, plants