|Mr. Juber assists his students in the greenhouse|
Recently, Mr. Juber asked his seventh grade life science students, "I wonder: if you sing to a plant, will it grow more than a normal plant?" Students wondered with him. Next he showed them a Mythbusters episode showing how scientist tested that question to find out if talking or singing could affect a plant.
Next Mr. Juber had his students wonder some more. What other "variables" could you expose a plant to that may or may not affect its growth? Students had some interesting ideas: "Would Monster Energy drinks help a plant grow? Would artificial light work as well as sunlight? Would a plant do better with creek water or tap water? Look. See. Wonder. Now, it's time to learn.
|Will a plant grow if "watered" with milk?|
It was in this phase of learning that Mr. Juber introduced a new tech tool: spreadsheets. Students have had limited experience with Google spreadsheets, so Mr Juber challenged their curiousity more. What can a spreadsheet do with data? How would your organize it? Instead of showing them, Mr. Juber shared a sample set of data points with students and simply said, "Organize this so it can communicate to people what they can learn from the experiment." After some work time, students shared their organizational ideas and brainstormed which organizational method worked best and why. By making students find the answer, Mr. Juber made them look, see, wonder, and learn. Additionally, the learning was important to them because they want to accurately record and see how much their variable is affecting the growth of their plant, and they now see how a spreadsheet can assist with that task.
|Students share their spreadsheets|
Our seventh graders have three weeks left with the pea plant experiment. "Try to make sense of what you see," advise Mr. Hawking. Stay tuned and we will have some students share what "sense" our students have made of what they have seen. Thanks for joining us. See you next week!