Big Ideas: Plant Beginnings and Diversity / Structure and Function of Plants
Essential Questions: What are the basic plant life cycles? How did plants basically evolve? How are plants classified?What examples are there that define some of the earliest plants? What are the various cells/tissues that make up plants? What defines a root, stem, and leaf? How is water and nutrients carried? Do plants have hormones?
Vocabulary: gymnosperms, angiosperms, monocot, dicot; epidermis, xylem, phloem, parenchyma, roots
Month Content Skills Asessment Standards Instructional Activities,
Strategies, and Differentiation
September Plant Diversity: Formative: Formal Indiana State Core Standards Are Not Available Provide Topic Reading Assignments and Vocabulary List†††
* Seedless Vascular Plants (Evolution of Vascular Tissue, Club Mosses, Horsetails, Ferns) Examine a fern in order to help understand the anatomy and physiology of Tracheophytes. Student Partipiation and Dialog Deliver Information via Lecture, Discussion and Handouts
* Seed Plants (Gymnosperms and Angiosperms, Cones/Flowers, Seeds, Fruit, Introduction to Monocots and Dicots) Examine anatomical structures of a dicot seed and embryo Study Guide Assignments The Proceeding Are Related State Core Standards Associated with Use Technology (ie Simulations/Illustrations/Videos), Various Manipulatives and Word Play
Grow and observe plant development from seed to near maturity using a controlled experiment and to make daily observations,†† Lab Practicles and/or Projects General Biology That Can Be Applied To This Discipline/Curriculum: Offer Review Opportunities (Study Guides and Study Sessions)
records and analysis for the growing plant Chapter Quizzes Visit: Supplement Topic Discussion with Labs/Projects/Demonstrations
Roots, Stems, and Leaves: Reading / Vocabulary Exam
* Plant Tissues (Epidermal, Vascular (Xylem/Phloem), and Ground (Parenchyma, Collenchyma, Sclerenchyma)) Be aware of various types of ground tissue in plants Core Standards:††
* Structures, Types, Adaptations (Anatomy and Physiology of Mainly Roots, Stems, and Leaves) Observe and understand the external and internal structures and functions of roots Summative:
Chapter Exam B.1.2, B.2.6, B.4.2, B.8.1, B.8.2
Visit ( for Further Details and Information with Regards to the Curriculum††
Process Standards:
[x] SEPS.1 Posing Questions
[x] SEPS.2 Developing and Using Models and Tools
[x] SEPS.3 Constructing and Performing Investigations
[x] SEPS.4 Analyzing and Interpreting Data
[x] SEPS.5 Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
[x] SEPS.6 Constructing Explanations
[x] SEPS.7 Engaging in Argument from Evidence
[x] SEPS.8 Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Info
Literacy Standards:
[x] LST.1 Learning Outcomes:
Read and comprehend science and technical texts††
independently and proficiently and write effectively for a variety
of discipline-secific tasks, purposes, and audiences
[x] LST.2 Key Ideas and Textual Support
Extract and construct meaning from science and technical texts††
using a variety of comprehension skills
[x] LST.3 Structural Elements and Organization
Build understanding of science and technical texts, using††
knowledge of structural organization and authorís purpose and††
[x] LST.4 Synthesis and Connection of Ideas
Build understanding of science and technical texts by
synthesizing and connecting ideas and evaluating specific
[x] LST.5 Writing Genres
Write for different purposes and to specific audiences or people
[x] LST.6 The Writing Process
Produce coherent and legible documents by planning, drafting,
revising, editing, and collaborating with others