From Seed to Flower - Phenomena

Contributor: PBS and WGBH

Type Category: Instructional Materials

Types: Animation/Movie, Phenomenon

Note: This resource, vetted by NSTA curators, is provided to teachers along with suggested modifications to make it more in line with the vision of the NGSS. While not considered to be “fully aligned,” the resources and expert recommendations provide teachers with concrete examples and expert guidance using the EQuIP rubric to adapted existing resources. Read more here.

Description

This one-minute time lapse video shows the phenomenon of plant growth and development from seeds to flowers. This phenomenon could stimulate the following driving questions: What kinds of plants are these? Do all plants grow like this? What parts of a plant can you identify from this video? How do plants change as they grow? What happens to their size? Their shape? Their parts? Do plants move? How do you know? How does movement help the plant to grow and survive?

Intended Audience
Learner

Educational Level
Grade 1

Language
English

Access Restrictions
Free access - The right to view and/or download material without financial, registration, or excessive advertising barriers.

Performance Expectation

1-LS3-1  Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.

Clarification Statement:

Examples of patterns could include features plants or animals share. Examples of observations could include leaves from the same kind of plant are the same shape but can differ in size; and, a particular breed of dog looks like its parents but is not exactly the same.

Assessment Boundary:

Assessment does not include inheritance or animals that undergo metamorphosis or hybrids.

This resource was not designed to build towards this performance expectation, but can be used to build towards it using the suggestions provided below.

Comments about Including the Performance Expectation

After watching the video be sure to provide examples of full grown plants and their offspring. The video provides background information for plant growth, but does not connect parent to offspring. Use it as a springboard for discussion. The video is tied to a lesson that could meet the expectations of this Performance Expectation.

Performance Expectation

1-LS1-2  Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.

Clarification Statement:

Examples of patterns of behaviors could include the signals that offspring make (such as crying, cheeping, and other vocalizations) and the responses of the parents (such as feeding, comforting, and protecting the offspring).

Assessment Boundary:

none

This resource appears to be designed to build towards this performance expectation, though the resource developer has not explicitly stated so.

Comments about Including the Performance Expectation

The video provides background information for plant growth behavior (e.g. bending toward the sunlight), but does not connect parent behavior to offspring behavior. The teacher will need to provide opportunities for students to make this connection through discussion, activity, or other media.

Science and Engineering Practice

This resource was not designed to build towards this science and engineering practice, but can be used to build towards it using the suggestions provided below.

Comments about Including the Science and Engineering Practice

Use the driving questions mentioned in the description of this resource to guide students' observations. Record students' own questions during and after the video and address them during class discussion about the phenomena.

Science and Engineering Practice

This resource was not designed to build towards this science and engineering practice, but can be used to build towards it using the suggestions provided below.

Comments about Including the Science and Engineering Practice

Use the guiding questions in the description of this resource and have students construct explanations for the questions using the evidence they gather from the video.

Disciplinary Core Idea

This resource was not designed to build towards this disciplinary core idea, but can be used to build towards it using the suggestions provided below.

Comments about Including the Disciplinary Core Idea

After watching the video be sure to provide examples of full grown plants and their offspring. The video provides background information for plant growth, but does not connect parent to offspring. Use it as a springboard for discussion.

Disciplinary Core Idea

This resource was not designed to build towards this disciplinary core idea, but can be used to build towards it using the suggestions provided below.

Comments about Including the Disciplinary Core Idea

The video should be used as a springboard to elicit student questions and suggestions for investigations about plants and their offspring. The lesson plan includes an activity for students to grow and observe their own plants, but the teacher will need to provide examples of parent plants to make the comparison described in this Core Idea.

Crosscutting Concept

This resource appears to be designed to build towards this crosscutting concept, though the resource developer has not explicitly stated so.

Comments about Including the Crosscutting Concept

Provide opportunities for students to observe and record patterns in plant growth and behavior by using the lesson plan designed for this video, or other lessons that allow them to compare several examples of plant growth either firsthand or through media, in order to establish patterns.

Resource Quality

  • Alignment to the Dimensions of the NGSS: - none -
  • Instructional Supports: - none -
  • Monitoring Student Progress: - none -
  • Quality of Technological Interactivity: - none -