This is a sequence of lessons that have been developed to help middle school students learn and argue about the core concept of how a plant root grows at the cellular level. The first part of the sequence begins with a corn seed germination activity and the initial phase of teaching the students argumentation. The second part of the sequence consists of a microscope investigation to provide data upon which students will base their arguments explaining growth at the cellular level. In the third part of the sequence, students use their data to publicly make a claim, and provide evidence and reasoning to support their claims. This sequence unfolds over the course of three weeks.
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