Module 10: Plants and Resources-Science 5B - Course Guide

Module Overview:

This module will teach about plant nutrients, soil, fertilizer, phototropism, gravitropism, thigmotropism, and hydrotropism. They will also learn about renewable and nonrenewable resources.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Plant Nutrients pen or pencil;
2 Soil Layers pen or pencil;
3 Soil Life pen or pencil;
4 Fertilizer pen or pencil;
5 Phototropism and Gravitropism pen or pencil;
6 Thigmotropism and Hydrotropism pen or pencil
crayons or colored pencils
7 Nonrenewable Resources pen or pencil;
8 Renewable Resources pen or pencil;

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Plant Nutrients
  1. Differentiate between mineral and non-mineral nutrients.
  2. Differentiate between macro- and micronutrients.
  3. Identify the role nutrients play within plants.
2 Soil Layers
  1. Differentiate between the soil layers.
  2. Describe the nutrient cycle.
3 Soil Life
  1. Differentiate between organic and inorganic material found in soil.
  2. Identify characteristics of healthy soil.
  3. Define the nitrogen cycle.
4 Fertilizer
  1. Differentiate between organic and inorganic fertilizers.
  2. Describe humus and its use as a fertilizer.
  3. Describe compost.
5 Phototropism and Gravitropism
  1. Describe phototropism.
  2. Describe gravitropism.
6 Thigmotropism and Hydrotropism
  1. Describe thigmotropism and hydrotropism.
  2. Differentiate between the four most common tropistic responses.
  3. Define nastic movements.
7 Nonrenewable Resources
  1. Define nonrenewable resources and provide examples.
  2. Identify why nonrenewable resources are important to humans.
8 Renewable Resources
  1. Define renewable resources and identify examples.
  2. Differentiate between renewable and nonrenewable resources.

Module Key Words:

Key Words
nitrogen cycle
nastic movements
fossil fuels

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
4 Fertilizer 5 Assignment
6 Thigmotropism and Hydrotropism 5 Assignment
8 Renewable Resources 4 Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:


Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Plant Nutrients
  1. What do plants need?
Soil Layers
  1. What are the layers of soil called?
Soil Life
  1. What is healthy soil?
  1. What is fertilizer?
Phototropism and Gravitropism
  1. What is tropism?
Thigmotropism and Hydrotropism
  1. What are thigmotropism and hydrotropism?
Nonrenewable Resources
  1. What is a nonrenewable resource?
Renewable Resources
  1. What are renewable resources?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Plant Nutrients Plant Nutrients
  1. What are the nonmineral nutrients a plant needs?
  2. What are the mineral nutrients of a plant?
  3. Why is nitrogen important to plants?
  4. What do proteins do?
  5. How does calcium help a plant?
Soil Layers Soil Layers
  1. What is soil?
  2. What are the layers of soil?
  3. What is humus?
  4. What does topsoil contain?
  5. What can only grow in the subsoil?
Soil Life Soil Life
  1. What does soil need in order to be fertile and healthy?
Fertilizer Fertilizer
  1. What is fertilizer?
  2. How is inorganic fertilizer made?
  3. What is organic fertilizer?
  4. What is composting?
Phototropism and Gravitropism Phototropism and Gravitropism
  1. What is tropism?
  2. What is phototropism?
  3. What is gravitropism?
Thigmotropism and Hydrotropism Thigmotropism and Hydrotropism
  1. What is thigmotropism?
  2. What is hydrotropism?
Nonrenewable Resources Nonrenewable Resources
  1. What is a nonrenewable resource?
  2. What are examples of nonrenewable resources?
  3. What are fossil fuels?
Renewable Resources Renewable Resources
  1. What are renewable resources?
  2. What are examples of renewable resources?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 The Earth's Resources Rebecca Harman
2 Earth's Resources Geo Facts Izzi Howell 960L
3 Investigate Earth's Resources Sue Barraclough

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing