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Showcase Sample: The Great Bean Race Grades 3-5

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Summary: The Great Bean Race is on! Compete with classrooms from other regions to see which collaborative team can grow the tallest bean plant. Controlling for certain variables (including growth time and bean seeds), seven or eight teams in each classroom design and conduct a controlled bean-plant experiment to investigate ideal conditions for growth. Students synthesize bean-plant information into a newsletter that describes the project, their group bean plan, and facts about beans.


Subjects: Science, Math


Approximate Time:  7 weeks, 2-3 hours of class time per week


Curriculum-Framing Questions:

  • Essential Question
    Is conquering the impossible possible?
  • Unit Questions
    What are the perfect conditions for growing a bean plant?
    Why are plants important to us?
  • Content Questions
    What are the different parts of a plant?
    What does a plant need to live?
    What are the functions of different plant structures?
    What is photosynthesis?


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Note: This sample Unit Plan was taken from Designing Effective Projects


If you have any suggestions, resources or adaptations please share as I am always looking for additional input.

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