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Students can use Shrinking Plants in an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
Students can use Shrinking Plants in an investigation to develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen without magnification.
Students can use Shrinking Plants during an investigation to develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
Students can use Shrinking Plants in an investigation to develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.
Students can use Shrinking Plants to conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells, either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.
Students can use Shrinking Plants to develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.
Students can use Shrinking Plants as part of the evidence to support an argument for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
Students can use Shrinking Plants to construct an explanation and models of cells based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins that carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells.
Students can use Shrinking Plants to develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions with multicellular organisms.
Students can use Shrinking Plants to develop a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy.
Students can use Shrinking Plants, colored pencils and permanent markers to learn about density change in a material. Have some fun; color and label the essential information on a sheet. Punch six close holes in the sheet before you shrink it down and students can make key chains, zipper pulls or backpack tags. No hole; add flexible magnet tape on the back, for a kitchen or locker magnet. Use a toaster oven and let students watch.
Students can use Shrinking Plants in an investigation to see density in action. The heat sensitive material is a polymer.
Students can draw on Shrinking Plants during an investigation to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem. They can also cut out the object before shrinking to emphasize shape. Some students may want to make multiple objects and cut them out to make a mini-jigsaw puzzle for form and function.
Students can use Shrinking Plants, colored pencils, and permanent markers to draw, color, and label the essential information about cells and DNA.
Students can develop models that convey the complex functions and processes that occur. After the research and drawing is complete, students will have the satisfaction of shrinking down their scientific model and making jewelry or keychains for continued learning.
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