This activity is split into three parts. Part one is outdoor collection and observation of buds followed by discussion and generalization of bud adaptations. Part two is drawing a diagram of a bud based on what students observe. It encourages detailed observation, diversifies reporting skills, and helps students create their own models. Part three (Spinach Leaf Challenge) is engineering a cloth “bud” to protect a spinach leaf, based upon observations in parts one and two.
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