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Remote Learning: Tracking Seasonal Change in Plants

Grades 3-5

Tracking Seasonal Change in Plants

Nativars Research Question
Why do plants change at certain times?
Students Will Help Answer These Questions
When and why do plants go through seasonal change?
What factors influence the timing of plant life cycle events?
NGSS Topics
Inheritance and Variation of Traits: Life Cycles and Traits (Grade 3)
Structure, Function, and Information Processing (Grade 4)
Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems (Grade 5)

Unit 1 Overview

Tracking Seasonal Change in Plants

Core Activities
  1. 4 lessons
  2. 4-6 45-minute periods
Supplemental activities *
  1. 3 lessons
  2. 3-5 45-minute periods

* Supplemental activities provide additional supporting NGSS aligned content, but are not required to complete the unit.

  1. Lesson 1 - Core

    Phenomenal Phenology

    In this lesson, students are introduced to the anchoring phenomenon, seasonal change in plants. They learn about phenology and draw...

  2. Lesson 2 - Core

    The Plants, They Are A-Changin'

    In this lesson, students are introduced to Budburst and their driving question - why do plants change at certain times?...

  3. Lesson 3 - Core

    What's My Plant Type?

    Students explore how plants can vary in structure and phenology as they practice identifying different Budburst plant groups and species....

  4. Lesson 4 - Supplemental

    An Herb's Life

    Coming Soon!

  5. Lesson 5 - Supplemental

    Food Web Stories


  6. Lesson 6 - Core

    Budburst Data Collection

    Students review Budburst data collection protocols and practice identifying phenophases for the plant group/species they will be observing. (Suggestions for...

  7. Lesson 7 - Supplemental

    Data, Data, Everywhere!

    Coming Soon!

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