Friday, July 25, 2014

Lesson Plan: Identifying Variables with Plant Growing

This lesson is intended to help students identify the differences between independent and dependent variables. 

Title: Plant Growing and Identifying Variables 
Grade Level: 5th Grade (can be adapted for other grade levels)

Objective: Students will be able to identify variables by setting up a lab experiment.

  • Split students into groups of 4.  Each group will plant 3 different cups with pea pod seeds.
  • One cup will only contain the pea pod seeds, one will contain the miracle grow, and one will contain the jobe sticks.  Each cup will contain 3 seeds. Students must make sure the same amount of soil is in each cup.
  • Students will take care of the plants for 3 weeks. When feeding the plants, they should measure the same amount of water each time and give each plant the same amount of light.
  • Student must write down what the independent and dependent variables are in the experiment.
  • Students will measure how must each plant has grown everyday for three weeks, and record the results.
  • Soil -
  • Miracle Grow
  • Ruler
  • Water
  • Jobe Sticks
  • Measuring Cups
  • Pea Pod Seeds
  • Plastic Cups
  • Light Source
Assessment: Collect the students' writings of the dependent and independent variables and results.

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