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Plants | Activity 6.2a

Activity 6.2a: Comparing Plants and Animals (50 min)

Students synthesize their learning to compare a growing tree and a growing child.

Note: There are two options for this activity, 6.2a and 6.2b. In 6.2a, students will trace carbon atoms in animals (based on learning from the Animals Unit) and in plants. In 6.2b, students will develop a summary explanation for plants. We recommend teaching one of the two options based on what units you have previously taught and the type of review that would be most useful for your students.

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Prepare one copy of 6.2a Grading Comparing a Growing Tree and a Growing Child Worksheet for each student. Prepare a computer and a projector to display the PPT. If you are using it, print one copy of the Big Idea Probe: Houseplant for a Busy Family for each student.


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


Use the 6.2a Grading the Comparing a Growing Tree and a Growing Child Worksheet to grade students' work.