Plants in the Dark and Light

This assessment probe can be used with CTS Section IV.This probe targets student ideas related to how plants use food for growth. The probes can be used to examine student work related to the idea that plants can grow for a time in the dark by using stored food. In addition, the teacher notes provide further information for CTS Sections II, III, and IV.

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Keeley, P., Eberle, F., and Tugel, J. (2007). Uncovering student ideas in science-25 more formative assessment probes. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press (available at; also available through

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