Activity 6.1: Explaining Other Examples of Plants Growing, Moving, and Functioning (50 min)

Target Student Performance

Students develop integrated accounts of how other plants (Lodgepole pine, Spartina marsh grass, prickly pear cactus) grow, move and function through the processes of photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and biosynthesis.

Resources You Provide

Resources Provided

Recurring Resources


Prepare several copies of each version of 6.1 Other Plants Readings, so that there is one for each student. Gather the class results poster and spreadsheet from Activity 3.3, as well as their completed copies of 3.5 Evidence-Based Arguments Tool for Plants. Prepare a computer and a projector to display the PPT.


1. Use the instructional model to show students where they are in the course of the unit.

  • Handout the 6.1 Other Plants Readings strategically to form strong groups
  • Give readings to all groups so that students can read along as groups present their results
  • Students should highlight important information individually
  • Have groups present their findings orally to the whole class, rather than using the jigsaw model
  • Use 6.1 Other Plants Worksheets as a review for the test.┬áHave students complete all three before the test.
  • Students can work in pairs or groups with those who have the same plant.
Extending the Learning
  • Have students read the articles and/or watch the videos listed in the Digging Deeper section of the 6.1 Other Plants Readings.