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2-LS2-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.

Elementary Middle School

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Do Plants Need Sunlight?

Students will explore the importance sunlight for a plant's survival by conducting an investigation. Each group of students will cover parts of plants' leaves with black construction paper and make observations of the plant’s leaves over several days. This lesson serves to model the process of investigation. The investigation will take 7 days to complete. Then students can remove the black paper, ...

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From “Plants Don’t Eat” to “Plants Are Producers” Journal Article
How Does Your Garden Grow

A lesson plan based on the book Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming where bunnies keep getting a farmer’s vegetable garden and eating his vegetables. Students will design and build something to prevent the bunnies from getting into the vegetable garden.

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Investigating Photosynthesis

Students design and conduct simple experiments using elodea (aquatic plant sold in pet stores) and Bromthymol blue to determine whether plants consume or release carbon dioxide in the process of photosynthesis. Students will record their data which will be used to conclude whether carbon dioxide was consumed or released by the elodea. Through class discussion of student data, students will learn t ...

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Let's Plan an Experiment: What do Plants Need?

Students identify the physical needs of animals. Through classroom discussion, students speculate on the needs of plants. With teacher guidance, students then design an experiment that can take place in the classroom to test whether or not plants need light and water in order to grow. Students conduct the associated activity in which sunflower seeds are planted in plastic cups, and once germinated ...

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Nutrition: What are Nutrients? Science Objects have been retired and replaced with Interactive E-books
Planting the Spirit of Inquiry Journal Article
Plants and Animals, Partners in Pollination

This online unit explores the theme of the National Zoo's Pollinarium exhibition: how plant and animal partners interact to accomplish pollination. It is a series of three lessons that allow the learner to explore and develop an understanding of the relationship between flowers and bees to accomplish successful plant reproductions. Lesson 1: Identify the plant parts involved in reproduction, i ...

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The Needs of Living Things

Students watch video clips of animals and plants in their natural environments to determine what living things need to survive. They will then complete an illustration of their own real or imagined plant or animal fulfilling one or more of their needs for survival, within their natural environment. While this lesson does a good job explaining how animals meet their needs through their environments ...

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