A FIRST STEP Inquiry Lesson
by scientist Bill Rubink and teacher Andrea Cruz
The Kika DE La Garza Subtropical Agricultural Research Center,
USDA/ARS/SPA SITE - WESLACO TEXAS


National Standards:

  • Life Science
    1. Structure and function in living systems
    2. Behavior of organisms
  • Science as Inquiry:
    1. Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
    2. Understandings about scientific inquiry

State Standards:

  • Students will describe and compare the life cycles of plants and animals
  • Student uses scientific inquiry methods during field and laboratory investigations
  • Students collect data by observing and measuring
  • Students analyze and interpret information to construct reasonable explanations
  • Students communicate valid conclusions
Degree of Inquiry: Initial/Preliminary