The Plant Growth and Development, students work with a single plant as they explore the concept that plants go through distinct stages that are part of a life cycle. After planting their seeds, students observe and record the first stages of growth. Using a bee stick to simulate the actions of a bee, students gain an understanding of pollination and its role in fertilization. The explore the relationship between form and function of their plant and bee. As their experience with their plant draws to a close, students discover that one seed produces one plant, and that one plant can produce many seeds. With newly harvested seeds in hand, the students witness firsthand the continuity of the life cycle.
During this course, participants will:
- Engage in three-dimensional learning for developing disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and cross cutting concepts
- Participate as an adult learner to experience investigations and science and engineering content
- Share teaching strategies to support literacy and inquiry-based learning
- Identify the learning goals in the module and how the investigations support the Big Ideas
- Examine assessment opportunities
- Develop notebook as a resource