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Activity 4 - I l/l/onder lUhy Some Plants Look Different From Ofhers
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InDovation and Application . Convcrgentand Diveigent Anal)sis and SJ"nthesis . lnfcrences Multiple PeIspectiyes r Brailstorming

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Preporotion
c.r.tr.! on a tLansparenc-!_. Cut a lealfron a plant and u'rite the *ofds dg.rer'/ A. Show a [or]d map and explainthat countriesnear the equatorare hoi. Shorr students cooler.Brainstonn\lays as the)- move awa] from the equalor.the tenperaturebecomes qhcn the weatheris hot or cold. (\Vhe[ it's hot they lie in the sun.drink humansbehavc hea\-nclothing.etc.) lots ofwater. ctc: when it's cold the) s1ayinside.',vear B. Shorv leafanddiscuss veinsandst€n. Talk a the aboutwherethe ieafcame fiom. Ask students imagine to the leafcame liom a plant ngarthe equator.in a rajn forest.Ask horv the leafadapted to that eDlironment. (Leavesare big and $'ide to soak up more sunto produce ofall the tood. are thin. and \er! greenbecausc photoslnthcsis taking place.and rral be noist because on ofall the $'ater.)Recordresponses the board.Discuss ho\\'the leafrvould adaptifil wefe irr c\treme cold. srLch as Antarciica.(lt \\ould becomethick. color rnight not be as brighl because leckof sun.etc.) ol not C. Hold up a cacnrsplant. Remind students to touch it. .{s a group.have students the brainstormreasons cactusjs thick and prickll. {*arr coatinlrprelents waler lion prickl) to leeF Ihirir\ animals hold in \\'ater, from ealingit. long thick leaves escaping. ro $ith a rootsto reach$ater dcepunderthe soil.)Aliot studcnr: look al the cactus ing magnify 91ass.
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then tcach the follo\\ing sotlg D, \\'rite the $'ordsto "l)esert Caclus" on a transparency. the group. 10 ''Deseft Cactus ''Twinklc. (Sing ro the tune of 1\\'jnkle. Little Star.") f)esert cactusrn the sun. begu1. I qonder ho* ) our adaptation pans so nice al1dthick. Reai green A thifstJanirnal tou will stick. with roots Iong. Dcsertcactus And wary coating to keep )ou strong. the) rhlll1e. Make up more rh)ming sentences Cilcle the rh)miig $ords and discussu'h_,a caclus.(The) can be si1lyand {un.) about hol. E \\'rite the following *olds on the board:plot|t, hud, root. dirr.s n,-llo\rer'.n1Lkl. strip to sludentpairsand ask them to .reate a silly plant rh)rrle cdld- Give a sentence to strips. Walk using o e ofthe words. Ask siudents write their rhymeson the sentence use llaye aroundthe classhelping strLdents phoneticskjlls to spell their sentences. sharethelr silly rhyires rvith the ciass.Displav rhyrneson the classroorrdoor so stlrdents can read them as the,r' enter. students

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F. Ha\.estudentslbrnr a circle and discussh-hatadaptation neans. Ask students \\,hv pads ofthe world lool different. (The) haveadapted thejr arcas. plantsir1different to ) tlte Use Altachmert 6 to pla,'-' Adaptation Game. G. Give each studento piecc ofmodeling cla). Ask studcnts createa plant. Remind to l o thinkl r h o u l $'hattt)pe lofplant tthe) $,ant l o mike ed n d$iere c itl \ill l l l i \ c . \h.rt )lco then n l l ) r n about l l , e r to p l a n l h e \ $ a n 1to I n a k and u l t e r i \ i lire.

Closure
Ask studenlsto dra$ or dictate a stort abourtheir cla) plants.Ask students rell uhr stor! to tell uhere thc plants rvill live and ho\\ the\ uill look. Encouragestudenrs think out-otthe-bot to out-otthe-bo\.

Extension
IJring sinple books on geographl and allo\\ studenrs readaboutdifferent clinates r to and peoplearoundthe \\orid. Ask studelltsto dra\\ ho\l the] rvould iook ifthct lived in ifthcv anothercountry. Ask them ho\\,\ould the-vchalge and adapt.

Assessment
Use AttachmeDti to assess stLLdents stLLdents' stolies alld kno\,"ledge ofthe topic.

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