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Propagating a Spider Plant Lab

Group Size:
Individual


 

Summary:
Students will conduct a lab in which they propagate spider plants to observe asexual reproduction.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Biology
Standard 4 Objective 1

Compare sexual and asexual reproduction.

Materials:

  • Spider plants or African violets, geraniums, coleus
  • water
  • razor blades
  • cups
  • marker
  • student page (attached)

Attachments

Background For Teachers:
Time Needed: To be conducted over several days. 30 minutes the first day and 5 minutes the days data is collected after that.

Safety issues or specialized background knowledge: Growing plants in a classroom may expose students to mold and mold spores. Before doing this lab check to make sure no student has a known mold allergy. Plants may also be stored in a greenhouse if one is available at your school.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Write the question on the board: How can plants be cloned?. Ask students to take 5 minutes to brainstorm everything that comes to mind and write it on their papers. They can write or draw pictures.
  2. Show students a spider plant (read the prediction question together and ask them to respond to the questions).
  3. Ask students to read through the directions together then begin the lab.

Assessment Plan:
Scoring Rubric:
1. Students actively participated in the lab and attempted to answer all of the questions ………………………4
2. Students answered the questions correctly…………………………...4

Bibliography:
Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

Author:
Utah LessonPlans

Created Date :
Dec 01 2014 11:52 AM

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