Growing Plants Unit

Lesson Four
Sharing Information

  • Brief Description
  • Objectives
  • Materials and Resources
  • Activity Description
  • Internet Resources

  • Brief Description

        Students will collaborate with another classroom via the Internet to share data, questions, results, and check the validity of their testing procedures. Up to Contents

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        Students will:

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    Materials and Resources

        In developing our lessons and activities, we made some assumptions about the hardware and software that would be available in the classroom for teachers who visit the LETSNet Website. We assume that teachers using our Internet-based lessons or activities have a computer (PC or Macintosh) with the necessary hardware components (mouse, keyboard, and monitor) as well as software (operating system, TCP/IP software, networking or dial-up software, e-mail and a World Wide Web client program, preferably Netscape, but perhaps Mosaic or Lynx). In the section below, we specify any "special" hardware or software requirements for a lesson or activity (in addition to those described above) and the level of Internet access required to do the activity.

    1. Special hardware requirements: None.
    2. Special software requirements: None.
    3. Internet access:Medium-speed (28,000 BPS via modem) or higher.
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    Pre-Activity Preparation

        Locate another class that is willing to work collaboratively with you on this project. You can use e-mail to post a message to a list server, or visit a Website (see Internet Resources below), to find a collaborative partner or classroom.

    1. Post to one of the listservs a message regarding your interest in a particular subject/idea or project.
    2. Contact a school that is already on the Web for a list of teachers.

    3. For suggestion Websites to locate teachers for collaborative projects, or see the Internet Resources below.

    Activity Description

        Contact your collaborative partner and share student data, questions, and results. Check the validity of each other's testing procedures. Did your partner class remember to control variables? Did they get similar results?

        Have students write their conclusions in their Science Journals.

    Suggested Follow-up Activities

        Have the students write a book, with illustrations, on "How To Raise a Healthy Plant".

        Design a web page sharing the information you gathered on plants.

        Visit a local farm, nursery, garden or greenhouse.

        Plan a garden feast where each student brings in a favorite food prepared with plant products.

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    Internet Resources

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