Grade Levels: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade,
Topics: Energy
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): Analyzing and Interpreting Data,
  • Understanding energy as the agent of change.
  • Investigating how sunlight affects plant growth.
  • Applying the Scientific Method with a control group.
  • Fostering critical thinking and data analysis skills.
Knowledge and Skills:

Throughout the “Plant Power Up” lesson, students will develop and apply the following knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the concept of energy and its significance in the natural world.
  • Recognizing the role of the sun as a source of energy for plant growth.
  • Applying scientific inquiry and the Scientific Method to design and conduct experiments.
  • Data collection and analysis to draw conclusions about energy transfer and plant development.
  • Critical thinking and observation skills as students compare results between the sunlit and dark environments.
  • Fostering curiosity and scientific exploration while building a solid foundation in life science and energy concepts.
  • Detailed lesson plan.
  • Student handout for observations.
  • Guidance for setting up the experiment.
  • Discussion points on energy and plant biology.
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Explore the fascinating world of energy and plant biology in our “Plant Power Up” lesson. This engaging science plan covers the following key topics:

  • The concept of energy and its role in causing change.
  • The observable effects of solar energy, including light and heat.
  • The Law of Conservation of Energy, emphasizing energy transfer.
  • The Scientific Method, with a focus on setting up and observing a control group.
  • Hands-on planting experiment to investigate the influence of sunlight on plant growth.