Investigating simple plants
Students will gather moss from the schoolyard, and observe it carefully, documenting their observations in their science notebooks. They will develop an investigable question from their observations, design and run an investigation on their own, documenting everything in their science notebooks. They will present their findings to their classmates at the end of the investigation.
Students will describe moss.
Students will compare moss with the plants grown in another investigation.
Students will develop an investigable question.
Moss and other simple plants are different than complex plants.
Context for Use
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity, Field Activity
Special Interest: Field-Based Teaching and Learning
Grade Level: Intermediate (3-5)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Enhancing your Teaching:Teaching in the Field
Description and Teaching Materials
Students will go out into the school courtyard to find and gather moss specimens. They need to take careful notes as to where they obtained the specimens, what the conditions were where it was growing, and how large an area it covered.
We will take the samples back to the classroom, where students will observe, measure, draw and label their moss specimens. Groups will be asked to develop questions about the moss, and design an inquiry investigation to determine the answer to their question. Their notebooks should contain evidence of their observations, their focus questions, a prediction, the planning of their investigation, their data and graphs, their conclusions (including claims and evidence), and a reflection on further questions and next steps.
Students will document their investigations in their science notebooks, and present their findings to classmates at the end of their experience.
Teaching Notes and Tips
220.127.116.11.2 Identify common groups of plants
18.104.22.168.3 Maintain a record of observations, procedures, and explanations
22.214.171.124.1 Generate Questions