The Virtual Greenhouse

Students learn about basic needs of organisms. An organism thrives in specific environments that match its specific needs.

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The goal of this activity is to introduce students to how variation in organisms can enable them to live in different environments. For example, plants with different sizes of leaves are adapted to grow under different amounts of light. Students plant three different types of seeds in five different flower boxes and are challenged to determine the light level under which each type of seed grows best. (Evolution Readiness Activity 1 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.

2. The Nature of Mathematics

2A. Patterns and Relationships
  • 2A/E2. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that mathematical ideas can be represented concretely, graphically, or symbolically.

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.
5D. Interdependence of Life
  • 5D/E1*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that for any particular environment, some kinds of plants and animals thrive, some do not live as well, and some do not survive at all.
  • 5D/E4. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that changes in an organism's habitat are sometimes beneficial to it and sometimes harmful.
5F. Evolution of Life
  • 5F/P1. By the end of the 2nd grade, students should know that different plants and animals have external features that help them thrive in different kinds of places.

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/E3** (SFAA). By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that a model of something is similar to, but not exactly like, the thing being modeled. Some models are physically similar to what they are representing, but others are not.
  • 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.

12. Habits of Mind

12A. Values and Attitudes
  • 12A/P1*. By the end of the 2nd grade, students should raise questions about the world and be willing to seek answers to these questions by making careful observations and trying things out.
  • 12A/E1*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should keep clear and accurate records of investigations and observations.
  • 12A/E3**. Students should know that records of observations are helpful when trying to recall those observations later.
12C. Manipulation and Observation
  • 12C/E6** (BSL). By the end of the 5th grade, students should be able to use audio and video recording devices for capturing information.
12D. Communication Skills
  • 12D/E4** (BSL). By the end of the 5th grade, students should be able to read simple tables and graphs produced by others and describe what the tables and graphs show.

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© Copyright The Concord Consortium

Record Link
<a href="">The Concord Consortium. The Virtual Greenhouse. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2010, September 19.</a>

AIP
The Virtual Greenhouse (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2010, September 19), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

AJP
The Virtual Greenhouse (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2010, September 19), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

APA
The Virtual Greenhouse. (2010, September 19). Retrieved 2017, June 29, 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.

On OS X 10.9 or newer, you will need to install a launcher application to run this Java activity. If you have not already installed it, please:

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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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