Students will learn how to conduct fair tests with controls and variables in this unit on plants. Plants use air, water, and energy to grow. This unit begins with phenomena and students use science and engineering practices to investigate what plants need to grow. This unit has a slide show on fair tests, labs, lab sheets, response pages, a slide show on what plants need, and more.
This resource is designed for NGSS 5-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes. This resource addresses the NGSS standard for 5th grade:
5-LS1-1. Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.
Also addresses Utah SEEd 5.3.1
Construct an explanation supported by evidence that plants use air, water, and energy from sunlight to produce plant matter needed for growth. Emphasize photosynthesis at a conceptual level where plant matter comes mostly from air and water and not from the soil.
This resource addresses the following science concepts:
Plants get the materials they need for growth from air and water
How to set up an investigation
The interdependence of animals and plants
Students will use ALL Eight of the Science and Engineering Practices:
1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
2. Developing and using models
3. Planning and carrying out investigations
4. Analyzing and interpreting data
5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
7. Engaging in argument from evidence
8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Students will process their ideas in response pages and through interactive notebook flaps.