Here’s the next post in the New Notebook Blog Series, lots of photos of my science notebook!
By the time we get to our plants unit, we’ve gotten pretty far into the year and are running low on time if we’re going to be ready for science testing. However, I do my best to teach the concepts that the students need to know in the short time we have for this unit.
Students read 3 information cards about the reproduction of plants, needs of plants, and importance of plants, then record important information. Students use the cutouts to make a diagram of photosynthesis.
Pages from Super Science Test Prep Lessons
This test prep lessons has a short passage and diagram, then asks students to identify parts of a plant and how they help the plant survive.
We make the fold-up shown on the left and identify how photosynthesis occurs. I used the oxygen-carbon dioxide cycle puzzle from Plants Stations on the right. Students make observations about the diagram.
External and Internal Plant Structures Fold-ups from Grade 4 NGSS Notebook
You can conduct a mini-lesson or allow students to research the functions of external and internal plant structures. They record the information in the fold-ups shown.
Passage and Main Idea page from Life Science Informational Text Cards
For a literacy connection, have students practice a reading skill using a content-based passage. I love this one about carnivorous plants!
Plan an investigation with your students. Ask a question about how plants grow in different situations, then design an experiment together to test their hypotheses. In this example, we look at how plants grow in closed containers as opposed to in the open air.
Have fun with plants!
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