Lesson: Do you see what I see

Author: Amanda Coleman

Area: General Science

Grade Level: 6-12, may also be adapted for higher education

 

Overview:

In botany, specifically when identifying plants, there is a specific set of terminology used to describe important morphological (external) features of plants. Often times, when identifying a plant, there may only be one small physical feature that distinguishes it from a similar plant. Botanists who possess the ability to make detailed observations and knowledge of applicable vocabulary terms can readily distinguish similar plants one from another. If two individuals are asked to describe the same object, both descriptions may be different, but neither is wrong. Specific vocabulary is implemented to provide a standard set of words used by a many people to describe similar classes of organisms. No previous student knowledge is required for this lesson.

Standards:

National Science Education Standards:
Content Standards (Grades 5-8 and 9-12)
Standard A.

As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry

Standard E.

As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of the nature of science

Standard A.

As a result of their activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry

Arizona Department of Education State Academic Standards:
Standard 1: Science as Inquiry (grades 6-8)

1SC-E4. Identify and refine questions from previous investigations

Standard 3: Personal and Social Perspectives in Science and Technology (grades 6-8)

3SC-E4. Implement a proposed solution or design and evaluate its merit

 

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