Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems (Other Potential Resources…
Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
What do plants need to grow?
Plan and conduct an experiment to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.
Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect: Events have causes that generate observable patterns.
Disciplinary Core Concepts: LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Plants depend on water and light to grow.
Science and Engineering Practices: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations: Plan and conduct an investigation collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence to answer a question.
Experiment Idea: Conduct an experiment by placing plants in different locations around the classroom (some in the shadows, some next to the windows, some under an artificial light?); Maybe put two plants at each location and underwater one of the plants and water the other one normally. This could be a fun idea to get students involved in the observation process. Each day, they could begin the day by taking their journals and sketching/writing down observations about each plant at each location.
What makes up a plant?
"From Seed to Plant"
by Gail Gibbons to teach about the relationship between seeds and plants -- Possible good introduction to unit?
Kids Growing Strong
: A website to explore the parts of a plant, how gardens work, etc.
Collect samples outside of plants -- label parts in journal
Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants
Science and Engineering Practices: Developing and Using Models: Develop a simple model based on evidence to represent a proposed object or tool.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Plants depend on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around. ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions: Designs can be conveyed through sketches, drawings, or physical models. These representations are useful in communicating ideas for a problem's solutions to other people.
Crosscutting Concepts: Structure and Function: The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s).
Frog in a Bog
by John Himmelman to teach about cause and effect of animal and plant life.
How Plants Travel
Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
Science and Engineering Practices: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations: Make observations (firsthand or from media) to collect data which can be used to make comparisons.
Observe plant/animal life in neighborhood for homework over one week -- draw sketches, journal, take pictures, etc.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: LS4.D Biodiversity and Humans: There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water.
Cause & Effect
Other Potential Resources
Bill Nye "Plants"
Magic School Bus Gets Swamped
Parts of Plants Game
Life Cycle of a Frog
Life Cycle of a Plant
Sample Lesson Plans/Activities
Raising Tadpole Activity
What Plants Need