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Grade 4: Science: Plant Growth and Changes Trading Card

Instructional Design:
J. Cole
R. Welsh

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Demonstrate knowledge and skills for the study, interpretation, propagation and enhancement of plant growth.
Identify patterns and order in plants. Organize and synthesize researched information.

ICT Outcomes:
Below is a pdf file identifying all of the ICT outcomes touched on throughout this project. Click on the file to download it to your computer.

Enduring Understandings:
Students will understand the relationship between plant structure and environment.  (specific plant)

Essential Questions:
How is your plant suited (adapted) to its environment?

Students will know and be able to:
Investigate the nature of things.
I. Identify and describe the general purpose of plant  parts (roots, stems, leaves,  and flowers)
2. Recognize requirements for plant growth
3. Recognize local plant communities and their relationships to conditions
4. Describe different ways seeds are distributed
5. Recognize purposes (or uses) to humans

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
You are hired by Holes and you must create products to help visiting classes understand plants better. You must create:
(1) a web (using Kidspiration graphic organizer) of information about plants in general   
(2) A trading card about a specific plant with a painted picture and information
Your work will be evaluated using the rubric provided.

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
Quizzes, tests, teacher observation, etc.
Kidspiration Web
Trading Card

Self Assessment
-  Oral discussion
- Students will be involved in the assessment
    of the project at the end.  
- 4 point rubric

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
Teacher will:
Introduce new unit: Plant Growth and Changes
Have students explore website: The Plant Escape. Teacher has some questions posted during the exploration of website to direct student learning:
-What parts do plants have?  
- What are their uses?  
 - What do plants require for growth?
- What different types of plants are there?
- What different types of plants grow in some different environmental conditions?  
Brainstorm for what  students know about plants.
Sort the information gathered into categories (as identified in Stage 2)
Students will compile the information they have collected about plants into a web (graphic organizer) form using Kidspiration Program.
They will go to writing and write sentences on each of the 6 information categories regarding their particular plant.
-  Students will  choose one specific plant and create a trading card about it.  
-  One side of the trading card will include a drawn picture of their chosen plant and the other side  will contain written information obtained from the web.
 -  Written information on the trading should have the following headings:  (1)  Plant name,
(2) description, (3)  Requirements for Growth, (4)  Area of Growth, (5) Type of Seed, (6) How it is Used by Humans,

Have students finish and proof read their trading cards.  They will do a spell check and compare their work to the prepared rubric which will be used for assessment.  
Lab periods breakdown:

Lab period 1:
Exploration of Kidspiration: Create new bubbles, remove, add link, remove link, undo, go to writing, go to picture, clear, student name, change picture and manipulate library, save.
Lab period 2:
Create your graphic organizer, student name and start recording your information.
Lab period 3:
Continue and finish recording the information.
In class: Have students research the specific information about their chosen plant.
Lab period 4:
Go to writing and write at least a complete sentence for each category regarding your specific plant.
Lab period 5:
Finish writing complete sentences.
Lab period 6:
Have students copy trading card in personal folder.
Open the Kidspiration document, go to writing. Copy and paste the information (only the complete sentences) from the Kidspiration to the template.
Lab period 7:
Exploration of painting tools.
Lab period 8:
Paint your plant and label parts (choose a big font as we will reduce the painting a lot).
Lab period 9:
Finish painting the picture and save. Save a second time as a JPEG file. Place a copy of the file in the Hand in folder. Open the trading card template and insert the picture created by student. Reduce size to 45% and place.
Verify with rubric.

Additional Teacher Resources
These are documents for teachers and/or students that were developed to support the project.  Documents will always be available in pdf format as well as in the original format created (e.g. MS Word, AppleWorks, Inspiration, etc)


030604_105832_0.pngClick to download Rubric

Student Exemplars

The following exemplars represent an excellent, adequate and limited student samples. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.  NB - You will need Appleworks 6 installed on your computer to view.

 Last Modified: 15 August,2005