Discovering Flowers in a New Lightby: Rebecca L. McNall and Randy L. Bell

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Although students may have made observations of plants and flowers, not many have looked closely at their various structures or seen the colorful designs of flowers that are only apparent when magnified. The 5E learning cycle described in this article engages students in scientific inquiry using digital microscopy to explore the various parts of a flower.

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  • on Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:05 AM

This is a great article that gives information regarding a lesson for elementary aged students on flowers. This is a great lesson as it incorporated English Languages Arts development. I also really appreciated that this lesson included the 5 E’s. This lesson is also very interesting and fun as it also provides a great technological element to it as students work with a digital microscope. The digital microscope is a good option as it allows the class to look at the images together. According to the article it also provides the class with the ability to be able to copy images and place on a word processor for easy labeling. According to the article there are a lot of options for affordable digital microscopes. In addition to providing various resources to find a digital microscope this article provides a very detailed lesson using the 5 E’s and the importance of each step. The article even provides examples of books you may want to read to the students to start the unit and get the students engaged and interested in learning about flowers and how they grow.

Cindy A
Cindy A

  • on Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:48 PM

Learning about flowers is a fun activity in any classroom but using a digital microscope makes it even better. This 5E lesson plan lets students explore form and function of parts of flowers to better understand these beautiful and necessary plant parts. Starting with some trade book readings to introduce the topic and ending with a comparison of several different kinds of flowers students and teachers learn that technology can be an integral part of any learning experience.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:44 PM

This journal article presents a fantastic 5E lesson plan where 4th graders use digital microscopes to investigate flowers. I have used digiscopes in my classroom and find they are much easier to use than the optical microscopes. A useful feature, discussed in this article, is the ability to display the images on a computer or LCD screen. This allows group discussion on the microscopic images and allows the instructor to help students with understanding what they are viewing. This lesson could be adapted for middle school as well.

Angelika Fairweather  (Bradenton, FL)
Angelika Fairweather (Bradenton, FL)

  • on Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:03 AM

This is a great article for elementary teachers or pre-service teachers to read to show and replicate the progression of the learning cycle. The article combines the use of technology and the learning cycle in learning the parts of a flower, as well as focusing on students’ observational skills. The authors describe how to incorporate the use of a digital microscope (QX3) into the excitement of exploring flowers while describing each phase of the learning cycle.

Kathy Sparrow  (Delray Beach, FL)
Kathy Sparrow (Delray Beach, FL)

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