Tree-Mendous Trees (Lesson 3)

Lesson:

Activity Description: 

This lesson was designed for children to take all of the information they have been learning about trees a step further. Now that they have learned what parts make up a tree, what function each part serves, and how to collect and identify different parts of a tree, the focus is going to shift to factors that might influence plant growth. 

Objective: 
  • To examine factors that might influence plant growth. 
  • To successfully complete an investigation using the Scientific Checklist in their journals.
Educational Standards: 

Indiana Standards: 

3.3.2 – (Science) Investigate plant growth over time, take measurements in SI units, record the data and display the data in graphs. Examine factors that might influence plant growth. 

3.6 – (English) Students write using Standard English conventions appropriate to this grade level.

Doing the Activity: 

Activity details are on Page 8 of the PDF linked below.

Materials: 

Investigation 1: Enlightening Leaves 

  • Science Inquiry notebooks/journals 
  • Leafy green plant 
  • Opaque paper 
  • 2 large paper clips 
  • Scissors 
  • Copy of My Scientist Checklist (Included Below) 

Investigation 2: Thirsty Leaves 

  • Science Inquiry notebooks/journals 
  • 2 quart-size glass Mason jars 
  • 2 leafy twigs 
  • Water 
  • Permanent marker 
  • Vegetable oil 
  • Copy of My Scientist Checklist (Included Below) 
Time: 
Five Class Periods
Author: 
Kelly Ruxer and Brandy Welp
Source: 
Wesselman Nature Society, www.wesselmannaturesociety.org/