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Students explore the chia seed's nutritional value and the growth requirements for its sprouts.
I really enjoyed this resource because it was very easy to find and provided me with so much information that I had not known before. I am planning a unit that involves creating a school garden and this article provide very helpful information for that. I now plan on having students make their own chia pet in class during an extended class period while we create our own garden! Helpful information on what to keep in mind and the kinds of questions students may have during this activity or similar activities. Also very good for relating to other cultures.
I really find this resource and the activity along with it a great thing to have. It is a common issue in classrooms on how to bring children together with different cultural backgrounds and this project really brings the children together. IT allows the children to get background information on another cultural that they may know nothing about and could prompt a student of that culture to speak up more since it is a topic that surrounds them. This along with the plant lesson creates a great lesson overall. The plant side gives the children some insight on nutrition, what affects plants like light and community garden. There is a lot that can be done with this activity and I recommend this article to anyone.
Asya Ammons (Upper Malboro, MD)
Using the chia seeds, students can see investigate the growth of seeds. The activity includes students working with variables. I believe that conservation of mass could be included as well.
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)
If one is not familiar with the Sheltered Instruction Observational Protocol (SIOP), then this article is a good introduction to it. It is a technique used with ELL students to help make content material comprehensible. This 5 E lesson uses Chia seeds to engage a multi-cultural, hands-on exploration of plants. It is part of a month-long unit where students learn about Aztec art and proper nutrition while designing fair tests and practicing their observation and measuring skills. There is a lot going on in this unit. If you are looking for a way to incorporate cultural diversity with a botany unit, this article may be of particular interest to you.
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)
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