Plants - Parts and Functions is a collaborative endevor to meld science and technology. The lesson are designed to combine effective teaching strategies, student engagement, and differentiated instruction in order to meet the needs of a variety of students knowledge, ablilities, and learning strategies. This project also address the different networks with appropriate teaching methods to support the recognition, strategic, and affective networks with a variety of choices, levels, and supported with feedback.
Resources used in this project include but are not limited to Using Techonlogy with Classroom Instruction that Works by Howared, Pitler, Eliabeth R. Hubbel, Matt Kuhn, and Kim Malenoski, Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning by D. Rose and A. Meyer (2002), the Center for Applied Special Technology: UDL Lesson Builder http://lessonbuilder.cast.org/
and Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools by G. Solomon and L. Schrum (2007).
See our Action Plan where we collaborated to work through the unit with effective strategies, technology, science, and learning networks.
The cactus seeds have been blown by the wind until they settled in the cracks of the petrified wood along with sand and other debris. The cactus plant is thin and retains a lot of liquid and has sharp pointed needles to help protect the plant. The needles do not lose much liquid allowing it to live in very arid conditions.
See our Lessons developed on http://lessonbuilder.cast.org/ with the CAST lesson builder.
Also visit our classroom wiki site where students are encouraged to interact with their classmates and work with technology to complete the lessons above. http://plantstudyedld5364.wikispaces.com/
Lemon and orange trees have thorns that help protect their fruit. The fruit is also very sweet so that animals will eat it and carry the seeds with them to other locations. The aloe-vera plant also has thorns to help protect the plant. The gooey liquid inside the leaves are used for medicinal purposes.