Plan Investigation: How Organisms Grow
The student is expected to plan and conduct descriptive investigations such as how organisms grow.
The student develops abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry in classroom and outdoor investigations.
Designing an Experiment: Discovery Education (website) - Detailed information and tips for guiding students in the design of, and preparation for an experiment.
Light vs. Dark: North Carolina State University (website) - Students plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plant seeds need light to germinate and grow. Includes follow-up/assessment questions.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Gravity: North Carolina State University (website) - Students conduct a simple investigation to determine if plants grown from seeds have a sense of “up” and “down.” Includes follow-up/assessment questions.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Temperature and Plant Growth: North Carolina State University (website) - Students conduct a simple investigation—growing seeds in yogurt containers—to investigate how temperature affects germination and plant growth. Includes follow-up/assessment questions.
Have students develop procedures to test the impacts of different amounts of water on plant growth.
Dig and Sow! How Do Plants Grow? Experiments in the Garden. Lobb, J. (ISBN-13: 978-0753454596)
Choose a Project Idea: Discovery Education (website) - Students choose from a wide variety of testable questions related to plants and animals to serve as a basis for their own experiments and/or science fair projects. Includes guidance for investigating each question, including key issues to consider.
Recipes of Research: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (PDF) - Use lesson 3.2 on page 17 to give students experience working with plants, and to help them discover how light, water, and soil meet the needs of plants.