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Wonderful Plant World

11-13 yrs old

Science

In this unit students will learn about: Xylem and Phloem; Forces that allow matter to circulate; Variables that effect transpiration and absorption

avatar Submitted By: Noa Lahav

April 17, 2017

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Wonderful Plant World OneNote

A OneNote with STEM activities and a Minecraft Education Edition final project

Teamwork Survey

Survey for students to assess their teamwork

Learning Objectives

  • 1. Students will recognize the plant
  • 2. Students will demonstrate the principle of compatibility between structure and function in the vascular system on all levels: cell, organ and system.
  • 3. Students will clarify the processes to maintain a proper water balance in the plant.
  • 4. Students will evaluate the work of their peers.
  • 5. Students will improve their critical thinking skills.
  • 6. Students will develop their creativity.

Guiding Ideas

Wonderful Plant world unit is designed to teach Students about:

  •  Plant vascular systems - Xylem and Phloem
  •  Forces that allow matter to circulate: capillary action; adhesion; cohesion; transpiration and concentration gradient.
  •  Effect of forces on the plant's vascular system.
  • Water balance in plants - Variables that effect transpiration and absorption:  Plant morphology; Environmental factors

Student Activities

  • Students will be working in groups of five.
  • The task is to build a water transpiration mechanism that operates in different environmental variables: Temperature, Wind, Humidity and soil moisture
  • Students will add boards to explain about their model.
  • They will create a portfolio using the camera and export it to OneNote Class Notebook.
  • The students will present their work to the class and explain their model.
  • Each team member will evaluate every other team members’ collaboration.

Performance Expectations

Scoring:

  • Scientific knowledge: accurate description of the cell parts and their functions – 30%
  • Presentation: clear and articulate explanations – 30%
  • Creativity: The use of original materials and structures- 20%
  • Teamwork: a weighted score of the teacher’s and the team members’ scoring (see the survey link).

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Wonderful Plant World OneNote

A OneNote with STEM activities and a Minecraft Education Edition final project

Teamwork Survey

Survey for students to assess their teamwork

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