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Grades 5–6
4 Sessions; 2 Hours Each
Informational, Narrative, STEM

Plant Explorers

by Rebecca Darugar, 826NYC
Students investigate the plant life that grows within their community and then select a specific species to learn about in-depth and consider how that species interacts with the overall ecosystem.

Chromatography Investigation

Performing a chromatographic investigation, students will observe the different pigments that make up leaves and learn about their purposes.
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Lesson instructions, 3 Lesson handouts, 1 Lesson slideshow
What Your Students Will Learn

Your students will carry out an investigation to separate the pigments from a leaf by paper chromatography. They will learn the different pigments that make up leaves and how those pigments serve different purposes.

Common core standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.10
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2.D
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.10
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.2.D
Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.4
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
What Your Students Will Produce