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Students will learn about comparing seeds and how they are carried through the environment.
This activity is designed to give students the opportunity to compare seeds and describe the ways that they are carried through the environment. Prior to teaching this lesson, make sure students have experienced identifying attributes and sorting various objects.
Before you begin this unit, complete a K-W-L chart as a class showing what students already know and would like to know about seeds and plants. Use this information to help plan mini-lessons for extending the activities provided in the CORE Academy Handbook.
As this is an inquiry-based activity, notice that questions, investigations, tools for data collection, and journaling response opportunities are included.
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills.
6. Communicate clearly in oral, artistic, written, and nonverbal form.
Invitation to Learn
Display a variety of fruits and vegetables for students to see and touch. Ask the question, What would happen if we cut open these fruits/vegetables and looked inside? What would we find? Students will give their predictions. Follow up by asking questions such as, Why do you think that? How do you know? These types of questions help you understand their previously constructed knowledge. Cut open the fruits/vegetables and allow students to freely explore the contents. Provide them with cups, plates, or Ziploc® bags for collecting their findings (seeds).
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The evidence reveals that inquiry-oriented curricula positively impacts teaching and learning in many areas.
Friel, S. N., Curcio, F. R., & Bright, G. W. (2001). Making Sense of Graphs: Critical Factors Influencing Comprehension and Instructional Implications. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 32(2), 124-158.
To be functionally literate, students need to be able to read and understand graphs. Comprehension of graphs includes translation, interpretation, and extrapolation.