Blog Post #12: Seesaw Activities

Science SOL: Life Processes 2.4 The student will investigate and understand that plants and animals undergo a series of orderly changes as they mature and grow. Key concepts include a) animal life cycles; and b) plant life cycles.

Activity 1: Students will be able to label the parts of a plant, including the roots, the stem, the leaves, the seeds, and the flower. This activity serves as a form of  substitution because there is no functional change given the technology—the same activity could be done on paper.

Activity 2: Students will be able to drag and drop the basic stages of the plant life cycle, including the seed, germination, growth of roots and stems, seedling, and pollination. This activity serves as a modification because students would be able to complete the task without technology, but there is task redesign as students are able to use the technology to easily drag and drop the stages.

Activity 3: Students will be able to watch the read aloud video of The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and create their own story about a seed and its journey through life, incorporating the life cycle stages of a plant and vocabulary learned from the other two activities. This activity serves as a form of augmentation because the technology acts as a direct substitute for the print copy of the book, yet the read aloud video allows for some functional improvement as it acts as a digital story or trailer.