Standard 2/Elementary/Benchmark 3
Benchmark Question: What are the life cycle stages of
living things (organisms)?
Focus Question: How do plants change as they grow?
Together, students will
plant seeds and create a routine to care for and observe the plants.
Students will observe the plants using measurement tools and as many of the
five senses as possible. The class will begin recording common observations
in a journal as modeled by the teacher. Use of computers or digital cameras
would be appropriate. More mature students may record their own
observations over a series of days or months. Students will measure the
growth of the plants on a daily basis over several weeks and will record
the information they gather using a table that will be the basis for a
student-generated graph. Students will draw and label (classify) the four
stages (seed, plant, flower, fruit) of the plant life cycle they have
Example of life cycle