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This lesson uses the parts of a plant to idenitfy foods that we consume everyday as; stems, roots, leaves or flowers. It presents an opportunity for the learner to use graphing skills to summarize the results from the lesson utilzing on-line graphing software.
I think this lesson holds great merit. I am not sure if your students will find great meaning in the connection between parts of a plant and what they eat at the superstore though. Regardless, I think this is an excellent lesson within a lesson, as it is amazing how many basic fruits and vegetables American children (and adults) cannot name. Another strong source of interest for students might be to relate the structure of plants and vegetables to each other and other species. I think you use multiple ways of teaching effectively through direct instruction, questioning, student work on graphs and computers, and then writing and reflecting as a class. In this regard you weave together multiple intelligences and strategies into a very well rounded lesson.
2 years ago
I think "Parts of a Plant" is a wonderful lesson. I love the interactive piece with the Kids’ Zone graphing site. What a great tool for students to use! The site may be confusing to kids and some of the elements are a bit involved. Teachers may need to walk kids through the first time especially if this is for third graders. However, I found myself a bit confused as to what part the students are actually graphing. Are they graphing how much of what food they eat that is a plant?
The amount and variety of technologies (PowerPoint, graphing site) is excellent. I also like the use of pictures from the supermarket! I feel that the variety of instruction will help keep students engaged.
Is this a follow up lesson? It seems there is a lot of information being covered for one lesson.