AITLC Lesson Plan: EFFECTS OF SUNLIGHT AND WATER ON PLANT GROWTH, Grades: 7,8

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TITLE: Effects Of Water On Plant Growth

GRADE LEVELS: 7-8

AUTHOR: Mr. Frank Hacker

SCHOOL: Turkey Run School Jr.. Sr. High School

DISTRICT: Turkey Run Community Schools

APPROPRIATE GROUP SIZE(S):

TIME REQUIRED: 20 min./day for three weeks.

OBJECTIVES:

INDIANA STATE ESSENTIAL SKILLS PROFICIENCIES:

MATERIALS and RESOURCES:

PREPARATION:

STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Students will measure equal amounts of soil for each pot used. There will be three pots of soil for each water type (tap, distilled, mineral), giving a total of nine samples per group.
  2. Students will consider the differences between tap, distilled and mineral water, and will make initial predictions about the effect of the different waters on plant growth.
  3. Students will plant three radish seeds per pot approximately one quarter inch deep.
  4. Each day for three weeks, the students will record the amount of plant growth in each pot, and then will give each pot 5 ml of water. Watering and growth records should start with the initial day of seeding.
  5. Each student must be an active member of their group. Each student will record data in his/her notebook, and will compare data with others in their group to make sure of their accuracy.
  6. Each day, students will also enter their plant growth data into a spreadsheet that they have prepared for the activity.
  7. After three weeks, students will analyze and graph data. Students will explain in words how each water effected height.
  8. Groups will share data to create a class database and spreadsheet.

STUDENT ASSESSMENT:

  1. Construction and use of the spreadsheets.
  2. Validity and reasonableness of results.
  3. Use of proper units for data collection
  4. Consistency of work over the three week duration.

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