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STC-Secondary™: Studying the Development and Reproduction of Organisms

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Grades 6–10. Studying the Development and Reproduction of Organisms gives students the opportunity to perform thought-provoking, hands-on activities using organisms from 2 of the most important taxonomic groups: plants and animals. Although students study several representative organisms, the unit focuses on the life cycles and processes of 2 in particular—Wisconsin Fast Plants® and the cabbage white butterfly.

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Grades 6–10. Studying the Development and Reproduction of Organisms gives students the opportunity to perform thought-provoking, hands–on activities using organisms from 2 of the most important taxonomic groups: plants and animals. Although students study several representative organisms, the unit focuses on the life cycles and processes of 2 in particular—Wisconsin Fast Plants® and the cabbage white butterfly.

Benefits of using this kit:

  • Conceptual sequence helps students retain and apply knowledge and experience to problem–solving strategies in new contexts
  • Hands-on activities are often completed with lower levels of student disruptions, which allow teachers to summarize the results and meaning of the activities
  • Supports STEM and Common Core initiatives as students work to develop 21st-century skills in science, math, technology, and engineering to prepare for careers in the global marketplace
  • Fosters a positive attitude toward science

STC-Secondary™ is a 16-unit, inquiry-centered middle school science curriculum developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). Each STC-Secondary™ unit provides opportunities for students to experience scientific phenomena firsthand. A comprehensive, research-based curriculum, STC-Secondary™ is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

Each lesson in Studying the Development and Reproduction of Organisms builds on skills and concepts presented in previous lessons. The unit begins with an assessment of students’ current understanding of the topic and ends with performance-based and written assessments. As students progress through the module, they take greater responsibility for their own learning, eventually planning and conducting their own procedures, devising their own data tables, and analyzing the results they obtain.

 
 
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