The Roots of the Assignment

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 9:14 pm

The fifth grade is leading up to a study of photosynthesis, the process by which a plant uses carbon dioxide, sunlight, and water to make its own food. A close examination of roots, stems, and leaves will make the lesson more easily understood as the students will be able to visualize the components of the plants they are discussing. The sunflowers on the farm are (sadly) breathing their last, but Farmer John made good use of their remains this week by pulling them right out of the ground so that students could closely examine the plants starting at the roots. This exercise adds a key level of depth to their classroom science instruction by allowing the children to directly interact with plant life rather than just the concept of it from a text book.


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