Your Plants Are Talking.....Are You Listening?

Students will define critical concepts and analyze a prompt before reading the article, "Plants 'Thrive' Next to Friendly Neighbors and Trees 'Gasp' for Water? Interesting!" Students will refer to the 5 Steps to Confident Reading throughout the lesson. Students will complete a Visual Summary to summarize the main ideas discussed in the article.

By Mrs. Wooster
September 14, 2015
5th Grade Science

Writing Prompt

In the article, "Plants 'Thrive' Next to Friendly Neighbors and Trees 'Gasp' for Water? Interesting!" ecologists and scientists believe plants and trees communicate.

According to Monica Gagliano, describe how plants communicate with each other. Summarize the results of Phillipe Marmottant's experiment. Use evidence from the text to support your answer.

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5th Grade Literacy Standards in Science

This lesson teaches the following grade level appropriate state literacy standards. The cubes provide an abbreviation of the standard name and reference number. Click Add to My Lesson Plans to make a copy of the lesson. Making a copy will allow you to update any information including the literacy standards.

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacherled) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
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