Thursday, January 7, 2016

Budding Botanists in 4th Grade

Our 4th graders have just begun their Life Science unit and were excited to get some hands on experience in the lab. Our standards ask students to be able to classify plants as either flowering or non flowering. After being taught characteristics of both flowering and non flowering plants it was time for students to test their knowledge in real life! Students brought in many different types of plants to try and classify in the lab utilizing iPads.

Not only was this a wonderful science learning experience, it also gave students a chance to talk about their cultures. Some students brought in plants that their families use for cooking, good luck, or healing. Students used both prior knowledge (from school and home) along with their research skills to help classify their plants. This is only the beginning of our life science unit and we can't wait to experience even more connections with our environment!

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