Discrepant Activity for - Plant concept assessment


Find pictures of one plant from each row, which most children are familiar.

  • seed - watermelon, corn, acorn...
  • tree - evergreen, palm, broadleaf
  • carrot, beet, potato, onion
  • lettuce, cabbage, spinach
  • broccoli, cauliflower



Show either one picture at a time or all at once (depending on child) and ask:

  • Which do you consider to be a plant?
  • Why do you think that?
  • Can you tell me your reasons?

Have the child summarize what the the properties of a plant are and either tell you or write them in a list.

Review the properties and have them mark ones they are sure with a + and ones they are not sure of with a -.








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