Plants, Alike and Differentby: Kathy Cabe Trundle, Katherine N. Mollohan, and Mandy McCormick Smith

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The authors planned investigations and taught science lessons that help children extend natural comparisons of physical properties of humans and familiar animals to include observations and comparisons of the physical properties of plants and insects, laying a foundation for future understanding of inheritance of traits.

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  • on Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:17 AM

Young students are naturally curious and wonder about the world around them. The alike and different explorations in this article creates a basis for future studies involving heredity. Students in this article were taught through a three phase cycle - play, explore, discuss. First they compared how they were alike and different from each other. Then they went on to study the likenesses and differences among plants. The reader can tell that these authors have a thorough knowledge of preschool students and enjoy working with them.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:50 PM

This is a good article. I do not teach lower elementary but the article lays some good foundational understanding for the functions of the parts of plants. I like the table for students to compare and contrast Marigolds and would use this with some modifications for older students.

Pamela Dupre  (Lake Charles, LA)
Pamela Dupre (Lake Charles, LA)

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