Stalk It Up To Integrated Learning: Using Foods We Eat And Informational Texts To Learn About Plant Parts And Their Functions

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Rachel E. Wilson , Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The diet of many students consists of on-the-go processed food. As part of a larger school garden project, the authors wanted students to consider the relevance of plants in their own lives, both as food sources for us and for the animals that we eat. In this article, they present a mini-unit they taught in a third-grade classroom that helped students connect their developing ideas about plant parts with the plants we eat. This series of lessons was designed to integrate the use of informational texts into an inquiry-based science unit to meet both the "Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts" and the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS").

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Wilson, R., & Bradbury, L. (2016). STALK IT UP TO INTEGRATED LEARNING. Science and Children, 53(9), 46-51. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2016
Plants (Botany), Units of Study, Grade 3, Elementary School Science, Integrated Activities, Active Learning, Inquiry, Common Core State Standards, Teaching Methods, Food, Relevance (Education)

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