In the Classroom

NGSS Connections

This document outlines how the activity might be linked to the NGSS as part of a classroom lesson.

Fortunately, teachers can provide the valuable information to their students and implement many activities that are related to the scientific concept of growing plants. The information here below explains in-depth about how the teachers can conduct this activity in their classrooms. These activities fulfill the Next Generation Science Standards, which are based on the based on student’s academic levels.
  1. PK – grade 3 students:
    • Science Discipline: The branches of science are commonly divided into four main categories; Natural Science, Formal Science, Social Science, and Applied Science. We will be specifically focusing on Natural Science, the study of natural phenomenon which includes the fundamental forces and biological life.
    • According to National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix, the purpose of these activities is to teach students about the essential components that are involved in the process of seed germination. Students will learn how to properly observe, dissect, and germinate seed in a “ragdoll.” Also, students will plant seeds in egg shells and observe the life cycle of a plant.
  2. Grade 4 – 6 students:
    • Science Discipline:  The branches of science are commonly divided into four main categories; Natural Science, Formal Science, Social Science, and Applied Science. We will be specifically focusing on Natural Science, the study of natural phenomenon which includes the fundamental forces and biological life.
    •  According to National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix, the purpose of this activity is to teach students about how to plan a garden.
      • Activity: Planning a Garden: In order to perform this activity in the classroom, teachers will need the list of materials that are essential for the activity, procedures which walk you through step by step, proper vocabulary to understand the concept and the summary or explanation at the end of activity. If 4th – 6th grade teachers are interested in performing this activity, they can access the whole lesson by clicking here. On the website, teachers can also access the essential files such as maps, charts, pictures, or documents which can help them with engaging with class better.
Source: http://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/matrix/lessonplan.cfm?lpid=206&grade=3&author_state=0&search_term_lp=%20garden%20grow
  1. Middle school students:
    •  Science Discipline:  The branches of science are commonly divided into four main categories; Natural Science, Formal Science, Social Science, and Applied Science. We will be specifically focusing on Natural Science, the study of natural phenomenon which includes the fundamental forces and biological life.
    • According to National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix, the purpose of this activity is to teach students about plant growth through the process of hydroponics. Students will be learning the new concept of hydroponics, discussing terminology related to it, and building hydroponic units from soda bottles.
In order to perform this activity in the classroom, teachers will need the list of materials that are essential for the activity, procedures which comfortably walks you through step by step, proper vocabulary to properly understand the concept and the summary or explanation at the end of activity. If middle school student teachers are interested in performing this particular activity, they can access the whole lesson by clicking here. On the website, teachers can also access all the essential files such as maps, charts, pictures, or documents which can help them with engaging with their students. Next Generation Science Standards Identify practices and/or cross-cutting concepts connected to the activity: www.nextgenscience.org Sources: http://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/matrix/lessonplan.cfm?lpid=300&author_state=0&grade=6&search_term_lp=garden http://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/matrix/lessonplan.cfm?lpid=206&grade=3&author_state=0&search_term_lp=%20garden%20grow http://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/matrix/lessonplan.cfm?lpid=364&author_state=0&grade=0&search_term_lp=%20garden%20grow