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Garden Ecosystem Investigation
Author: Sustain 3Earth Publish Date: July 5, 2012 Subject: Science Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall Place of Learning: Garden Classroom Resource Type: Lessons Grade Level: Grade 2 , Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12 hhhh.jpg [1] This is a basic investigation plant for students to ask a question, predict, and collect data about their question over a week in the garden.

Objectives Students will conduct field observations, collect data, and form conclusions while in the garden environment.

Assessments Students will present their findings to class members in the garden environment after one week. Presenters: Use actual examples in the garden to tell about their investigations, data, and conclusions. Listeners: Note one thing in journal about what they learn from each presenter.

Materials The Garden Journals/Pens Various Measuring Tools, Cameras, Sound Recorders, etc. based on student level.

Preparation Allow brainstorming time for question formation in the garden.

Procedures
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1. Take students to garden for brainstorming question time. 2. In journals, write questions they have about the garden. 3. Instruct them to focus on one measurable or observable question that can be answered in a week. 4. Post slides that are attached to be used as their basic template for their journal. 5. Allow time to plan investigation and gather materials. 6. Take students to the garden each day for data collection. Provide clear instructions for behavior expectations. 7. After one week of data collection time, allow students to form a conclusion. 8. Students write a conclusion and prepare to present results to class. 9. Take students to garden to present their investigations and conclusion.

URLs: Earn Credit Online to Plan these Types of Lessons [2] Files: Garden Ecosystem Investigation.pptx [3]

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