Mystery Plants Mystery

Learn about intraspecific differences and how variation in a population can help a species adapt to living in different environments.

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This transfer activity tests student understanding of variation and inheritance. It starts with five flower boxes, as in “The Virtual Greenhouse,“ and three types of seeds with variations in their roots. The flower boxes differ in the amount of water they receive, and students discover which seeds thrive in which environment. Students are then challenged to produce a crop of plants that can grow everywhere in a field by taking advantage of the small variation in root type from one generation to the next. (Evolution Readiness Activity 5 of 10.)

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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008)

1. The Nature of Science

1B. Scientific Inquiry
  • 1B/E1*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that scientific investigations may take many different forms, including observing what things are like or what is happening somewhere, collecting specimens for analysis, and doing experiments.
  • 1B/E2b. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that one reason for following directions carefully and for keeping records of one's work is to provide information on what might have caused differences in investigations.
1C. The Scientific Enterprise
  • 1C/E1. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that science is an adventure that people everywhere can take part in, as they have for many centuries.
  • 1C/E2. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that clear communication is an essential part of doing science. It enables scientists to inform others about their work, expose their ideas to criticism by other scientists, and stay informed about scientific discoveries around the world.

5. The Living Environment

5A. Diversity of Life
  • 5A/E1. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that a great variety of kinds of living things can be sorted into groups in many ways using various features to decide which things belong to which group.
  • 5A/M2. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that animals and plants have a great variety of body plans and internal structures that contribute to their being able to make or find food and reproduce.
5B. Heredity
  • 5B/P1. By the end of the 2nd grade, students should know that there is variation among individuals of one kind within a population.
  • 5B/P2. By the end of the 2nd grade, students should know that offspring are very much, but not exactly, like their parents and like one another.
5F. Evolution of Life
  • 5F/E1. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that individuals of the same kind differ in their characteristics, and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.
  • 5F/M2a. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that individual organisms with certain traits are more likely than others to survive and have offspring.

9. The Mathematical World

9B. Symbolic Relationships
  • 9B/E2. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that tables and graphs can show how values of one quantity are related to values of another.

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • 11B/E4**. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that models are very useful for communicating ideas about objects, events, and processes. When using a model to communicate about something, it is important to keep in mind how it is different from the thing being modeled.
11C. Constancy and Change
  • 11C/P3a*. By the end of the 2nd grade, students should know that an object can change in various ways, such as in size, weight, color, or temperature.
  • 11C/E2a*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that things change in steady, repetitive, or erratic ways—or sometimes in more than one way at the same time.
  • 11C/E2b. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that often the best way to tell which kinds of change are happening is to make a table or graph of measurements.

12. Habits of Mind

12C. Manipulation and Observation
  • 12C/E3*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should be able to keep written or electronic records of information so that the records are understandable weeks or months later.

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<a href="">The Concord Consortium. Mystery Plants Mystery. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2010, September 23.</a>

AIP
Mystery Plants Mystery (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2010, September 23), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

AJP
Mystery Plants Mystery (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2010, September 23), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

APA
Mystery Plants Mystery. (2010, September 23). Retrieved 2017, January 21, from The Concord Consortium: https://concord.org/

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This activity requires the Java Runtime Environment version 5 (sometimes referred to as 1.5) or later with Java Webstart. You can download it at java.com.

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Evolution ReadinessThis resource is a part of the Concord Consortium's Evolution Readiness project.

Grade Level
Elementary School
Subject
Biology
Focus Area
Modeling and Simulation
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