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Ecological Literacy Unit activity/lesson plan grade 3

TITLE OF ACTIVITY:Plant Pluckers

ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLE(S) BEING ADDRESSED:

Thicket Biodiversity

STANDARD(S) BEING ADDRESSED:

4.6 Understanding Place

7.1 Scientific Method

7.13 Organisms

INQUIRY/FOCUSING QUESTIONS:

How do you gather plant/tree samples responsibly in the thicket?

How do you preserve the plant/tree samples found in the thicket?

TOPIC:

Learning about the collecting and preserving of plant/tree samples found in the thicket.

PROCEDURES:

Introduce and discuss the focusing questions in the classroom.

Focus students attention to the plant/tree life

Divide students into groups of 3 to encourage cooperative learning.

Model to students how to collect plant/tree samples.

Gather plant/tree samples.

Model the preservation of plant/tree samples.

Students preserve their plant/tree samples.

MATERIALS:

Plastic Ziploc Bags

Contact Paper

Digital camera

Scissors

CULTURAL HERITAGE CONNECTIONS:

Animal Fencing

Food

Wind Breaks

Medicinals

Cooking Herbs

TASK/CONTENT-SPECIFIC ASSESSMENT:

(e.g., products, performances, tasks, tools, (rubrics/checklists), anecdotal)

Discussion/Focusing questions: Anecdotal

Cooperative Learning Skills: Performance

Gathering Plant/Tree Samples: Performance

Preserving Plant/Tree Samples: Product

GENERALIZED-STANDARD ASSESSMENT:

(e.g., products, performances, tasks, tools (rubrics/checklists), anecdotal)

7.1 Scientific Method Rubric-Observation: Tool

7.13 Organisms Rubric: Tool

4.6 Understanding place Rubric: Tool