My mini lesson I am submitting to my peer reviewer is a 1st grade lesson relating to understanding the needs of plants.
The main inquiry element being focused on within this lesson is the appropriate use of technology. Students will be using a virtual simulator to experiment with giving tomato plants different amounts of water, sunlight, and fertilizer and seeing how the changes affect how they grow. Then, students will be using Flipgrid to record their findings.
As far as Bloom’s Taxonomy goes, students will both be evaluating as they test the effects of the various elements on their plants and creating as they create a digital video discussing their findings. The technology integrated into this lesson allows students to enhance their learning because doing this experiment without technology would not be feasible. In the classroom we could grow our own plants, but the length of time it would take to complete the experiment would be more than the unit allows. It would also be difficult to provide students with a way to carry out their own experiments with the plants, cutting down on the inquiry component. By using the virtual simulator, we are able to see the effects quickly, which leaves more time for discussion and reflection.
While I gave students combinations of water, sunlight, and fertilizer that they should use on their virtual plants, I also asked them to come up with their own combinations, encouraging deeper learning and inquiry. Students can slide the water scales up and down, turn lights on and off, and add or take away fertilizer to see how it affects their plants