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Ecological Literacy Lesson / Activity Plan focused on grade 4

TITLE OF ACTIVITY:

What’s Up?

 

ECOLOGICAL PRINCIPLE(S) BEING ADDRESSED:

Biodiversity

STANDARD(S) BEING ADDRESSED:

4.6 Understanding Place

7.1 Scientific Method/Observation

7.13 Organisms, Evolution, and Interdependence

 

INQUIRY/FOCUSING QUESTIONS:

What is that coming out of the ground?

Are these plants the same or are they different from the plants that were growing here last fall?

 

TOPIC:

Flowers, a sign of spring

 

PROCEDURES:

Have the students follow the teacher to the grow boxes on the Kindergarten playground.

Point out the new growth in the boxes.

Ask the students why some of the plants are green and some are brown.

Students observe the different plants.

Students draw what they see.

MATERIALS:

Kindergarten playground

Clipboard

Paper

Crayons or markers

CULTURAL HERITAGE CONNECTIONS:

Community members (donation of tulip bulbs)

Town Highway Dept. (dirt)

Success by six 9 grow boxes

TASK/CONTENT-SPECIFIC ASSESSMENT:

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

Drawing of what you see. (Product)

Discussion of what students saw (anecdotal)

GENERALIZED-STANDARD ASSESSMENT:
(e.g., products, performances, tasks, tools, (rubrics, checklists, anecdotal)

4.6 Understanding place, rubric (tool)

7.1 Scientific method/observation, rubric (tool)

7.13 Organisms, rubric (tool)

Do you have any questions about the Vermont Framework of Standards?