I.Files allow each student in a group to read about a specific, high-interest topic related to unit concepts. Groups then discuss several files to identify common details in order to answer a Key Question. In this I.File, students learn about different features of pumpkins and how they grow. This I.File is written at the lowest of three reading levels.
These Teaching Tips accompany the SAZ Adventures video "Living or Non-Living?" and provide instructional support, including standards correlations, a vocabulary list, suggested responses to discussion questions, and an extension activity.
After students read the I.Files and answer the Key Question, they read the Mystery File and decide whether it fits the pattern in the I.Files. This file asks whether taking multivitamins makes eating food unnecessary.
The book The Wonderful World of Plants introduces several important concepts about plants. These include essential plant parts and their functions, photosynthesis, pollination, fertilization, seed dispersal, and germination. The book explains some of the key relationships between plants and animals. It also describes some of the many ways people use plants for both food and materials. Go to material
The Unit Resource List identifies all the current resources within the Living/Non-Living unit. Use this list to plan which resources to use, to note printing or projecting, and to record other notes about each resource.
I.Files allow each student in a group to read about a specific, high-interest topic related to unit concepts. Groups then discuss several files to identify common details in order to answer a Key Question. In this I.File, students learn how a lever makes objects easier to lift. This I.File is written at the highest of three reading levels.
The NGSS Correlations Chart lists the key student resources within the unit, then identifies which of the Next Generation Science Standards each resource supports. The chart correlates to relevant Performance Expectations using NGSS codes, which are explained at the end of the document. Using a variety of resources will help develop student proficiency in the skills required for each Performance Expectation.