DE Science Elementary “5-Minute Prep” ForPlantsPlants and Their PartsResponses to Environment
Responses to Environment – The Big Ideas • Plants have different defense systems against diseases and animals. • Plants can only live in places where their needs for air, water, light, and nutrients can be met. • Different kinds of plants live in different environments.
Responses to Environment – Prior Knowledge Students will have knowledge of plants prior to this study. It will help for students to use the FUN-damental, Getting to Know Plants. It will also help if they have: • Seen different kinds of plants and flowers. • Planted a seed. • Learned that plants have basic needs that need to be met in order to survive.
Responses to Environment – Common Misconceptions • Plants get their energy from the soil through roots. • Reality: Plants get their energy from a process called photosynthesis. In photosynthesis plants turn light energy into stored energy. Chlorophyll, the green pigment found in leaves, is critical to this process.
Responses to Environment – Using DE Science Content When you close this presentation, you can review the following recommended resources for Responses to Environment. • Reading Passage: Can a Plant Live Anywhere? • eBook: How Do Plants Defend Themselves? • Video Segment: Leaves and Photosynthesis Use the PowerPoint version of this presentation for hyperlinks to these resources or you can get to them through the browser or search feature.
Responses to Environment – Instructional Ideas • Read the passage, How Do Plants Defend Themselves. • Conduct a research race. Ask students to use books and the Internet to make a list of other plants that have distinct ways of protecting themselves. • Ask students to make a list of the plants and how they defend themselves with a partner while a timer is set for 15 minutes. • At the end of 15 minutes, compare lists. The group with the most correct and complete listings is named the Racing Champs.
Responses to Environment – Instructional Ideas • Read the passage, Plants, Plants Everywhere! • Assign each group of two students to a particular region of the world (desert, tundra, rainforest, grassland, and deciduous forest). • Ask students to use books and the Internet to learn about the types of plants that grow in their assigned region. • Ask students to write a paragraph and draw a picture to share with the class describing some of the plants and why they need to live in that region.
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