DMS Stiem Spring 2021

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Invite Only
25 Jan 2021

About the Group

Teacher Name

Kristen Stiem

School Name

DeWitt Middle School

Start Date


End Date


Investigation Theme



Spring 2021

Student Level(s)

Middle School Students (grades 6,7,8)


Planting Science provides an excellent opportunity for my 7th grade students to collaborate and use the investigative process. If given this opportunity, students from DeWitt Middle School will experience not only a hands-on inquiry based project but they will also improve on their communication skills by working with a team, sharing their process with a scientist and presenting their results. Given a real-word scenario, starting a sprout farm, students dive into an investigation to promote seed germination. As a science teacher, I have not found another project that mimics the work of scientists as well as this. And I cannot think of a better way to motivate students into the world of science! There are two other pieces that I, as a teacher, find valuable. First, as we investigate seed germination, my students learn about living things and the process they go through in order to get the energy they need to survive. Students learn about what is required for something to be considered living, photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Finally, and subtly, but perhaps most importantly, Planting Science?s scientists represent the wide range of people who can be scientists. And I am grateful for this opportunity for my students to see those people!

Course Name and Description

General 7th Grade Science

Science background and language skills

My 7th grade science students vary in their range of academic abilities and previous science experience. I will have 20 students (16% of my total students) with learning disabilities, but in my previous experience with PS, I have found this does not significantly diminish their ability to actively participate with our learning and investigation. In general, my students are motivated, curious, and eager participants!

Additional Information

I have had the honor to participate with Planting Science for the past few years, and it has been one of the highlights of my year! I hope we will be able to participate once again this year!