Author:
Jeff Ryan, Clancy Wolf
Subject:
Elementary Education, Life Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Level:
Graduate / Professional
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    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Growing Elementary Science - Where does a seed get the materials it needs to become a plant and produce more seeds?

    Growing Elementary Science - Where does a seed get the materials it needs to become a plant and produce more seeds?

    Overview

    This is a two day presentation given to elementary teachers in the Growing Elementary Science Project in October 2019. The presentation contains a science immersion experience for the teachers learning about how a seed gets the materials it needs to become a plant and make more seeds. The learning highlights the use of phenomena within the context of a learning arc over the course of the two days to develop elementary teacher content knowledge related to living systems. 

    Teachers were also supported in planning a science unit using the schoolyard garden context as an anchor for investigations. 

    Presentation Resources

    This is a presentation given to elementary teachers in the Growing Elementary Science Projeect in October of 2019. The two day presentation immersed teachers in learning about how a tree grows from a small seed answering the question "Where does the seed get the materials it needs to become a plant and produce new seeds?"

    The presentation also supports teachers in planning a science unit focused on their schoolyard garden context. The resource contains the presentation slides and planning template used. 

    Unit Planning Template

    This Growing Elementary Science Unit Planning Template supports teachers in identifying a garden oriented anchor phenomena along with grade level appropriate science standards for a unit of study. The planning template provides guidance and hyperlinks to appropriate resources like the Next Generation Science Standards to support teacher planning and ensure alignment with grade level standards.