Saturday, March 19, 2016

Photosynthesis Comic Strip Samples


We have been working on plants for many weeks.  I started my unit with plant structures and functions.  We completed the celery lab and learned about how water travels to the leaves.
We planted bean seeds in baggies and observed them.  It took about a week for the seeds to germinate and then they grew like crazy.  We completed life cycle wheels.
 We dissected flowers and looked at all the parts.  We used microscopes to look at different types of plant cells.
I brought in a few carnivorous plants as our "Class Pets."  We have a venus fly trap and a pitcher plant.  The kids are dying to feed it a live bug!!!
We did a lab using Cheetos.  The kids got to pollinate their friends' flowers using the cheese that stuck to their fingers.
 After the roots grew in our bean baggies, we turned them 90 degrees.  The next day the roots had already started growing downward due to gravity.  The roots are also growing toward the water.  We will be wrapping up a few lessons on adaptations.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

We learned about physical adaptations.  The kids tested ice water with bare hands and then used the blubber gloves.
The other lab that we completed was "Bird Beaks."  The students had to find the best habitat for their beak/tool.  This lab took two days to complete.  We used six habitats.
 We had six birds with different beaks.  Each group was assigned one tool that represented the beak.  Every student in the group had 30 seconds to gather food.  The group had to find the average and record the data.
We reported and recorded group results.  My students also had a beak sketch page.
 Here is the class results.  We used the data to determine the best habitat for the bird.