1st Grade Unit
From Shoots to Roots: The Purpose of Plant Parts
In this unit, students investigate the driving question, “How do the structures of plants help them grow and thrive?” After creating garden agreements together, students begin the unit by making observations and developing models in order to explain how different structures such as roots, stems, and leaves help the plant survive and grow. Then, students investigate different types of roots to deepen their understanding of how structures help the plant. This leads students to apply their knowledge about structures of roots in order to design a stand for a garden sign inspired by nature. Students further develop their understanding of the function of stems and leaves through investigations, and finish the unit by creating their own model that demonstrates how all of these structures work together in a system. This unit is designed for students to make progress towards Performance Expectation 1-LS1-1. Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
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