Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water. 5-LS1-1
Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the idea that plant matter comes mostly from air and water, not from the soil.
Assessment Boundary: none
Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Engaging in argument from evidence in 3–5 builds on K–2 experiences and progresses to critiquing the scientific explanations or solutions proposed by peers by citing relevant evidence about the natural and designed world(s).
Support an argument with evidence, data, or a model. (5-LS1-1)
Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
Plants acquire their material for growth chiefly from air and water. (5-LS1-1)
Energy and Matter
Matter is transported into, out of, and within systems. (5-LS1-1)
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Lessons in this unit:
Lesson 1 - Which Materials Are Most Important for Plant Growth?
Lesson 2 - Photosynthesis
Lesson 3 - Air Plants
Lesson 4 - Hydroponics
Lesson 5 - Writing Your Claim
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