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Grade 4 : Science:  Plant Parts Trading Card

Instructional Design: Paulette Houle, Dolores Ricard and Charlotte Kirchner

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Specific Outcomes:
-Identify and describe the general purpose of plant roots, stems, leaves and flowers.
-Describe common plants and classify them on the basis of their characteristics and uses.

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.

General Outcomes:
Demonstrate knowledge and skills for the study, interpretation, propagation and enhancement of plant growth.

Essential Questions:
How are the different parts of a plant keeping it alive and allows it to reproduce?

Students will know:
Students can already name the parts of the plants.  They know that a plant is a source of food for both animals and humans and that plants require nurturing to survive.

Students will be able to:
Students will be able to identify the general purpose of basic plant parts.

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
Students will create a trading card showing their assigned plant part.  This card must contain a picture, and an overview of the function of the particular assigned part.

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)

Self Assessment
Students will fill out a self-evaluation at the end of the project as well as self assess using the provided rubric.

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
Plant parts-Planning
To be done in preparation for lab sessions:
1. Assign the plant part to be researched by each student.
2. Teacher must place in the assignment folder the trading card template as well as the document containing the active links for the Internet sites.

Lab period 1:
1. Have students copy the trading card template to their personal folder as well as the Internet sites links, have them bookmark the sites.
2. Let students  visit the sites for a few minutes, then show how to copy a picture from the Internet (hold down the mouse button until you see the menu and choose Copy Image). Have them return to the template, select where the picture goes and paste.

Lab period 2:
1. Have students open the trading card template document and Internet Explorer, let students research their information and compose a paragraph of information. You will have to review how to go from the Internet Explorer to Appleworks using the application menu.

Lab period 3:
1. Have students finish and proof-read their paragraph. Use the spell check and review the rubric.
This would be a good time to start evaluating the students work with a class, walking around and taking notes.

Lab period 4:
1. Print the card. Have students cut and paste the cards onto cardboard. The students could colour the picture with pencil crayons. They then share their card with other students.

As a reinforcement, students could create a card on a plant and talk about its different parts. Perhaps the students who work faster could start on that for the second card.

Key Design Elements

How will students know where they are going, why they are headed there, and how they will be evaluated?

Students will be told the objective of the project prior to receiving their assignment.  

How will you hook the students at the beginning of the unit?

We anticipate that the students will be hooked through the notion of creating their own trading card!

What will help students experience the big idea of this unit?  How will you equip them with the needed skills and knowledge?

We will be simultaneously growing a plant from seed, while the students complete their research and cards.

How will you get students to reflect and rethink?  How will you guide them in rehearsing, revising, and  refining their work?

Each student will be given a copy of the rubric, and will be asked to self-evaluate prior to handing in the final product.

How will students exhibit and self-evaluate their growing skills, knowledge and understanding?

Students will share the final project with their peers and discuss what they liked and where it could be improved.

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)

Click to download


Click 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 installed on your computer to view.

 Last Modified: 15 August,2005