Thursday, April 28, 2016

Plants

Spring is definitely my favorite time of year to teach Science!  There are just so many hands-on concepts that are so interesting to the students.  Plants, of course, is always so interesting because they are something the kids can see all around them and they all have some kind of experience with.

First up, here are some of our centers we have going on during our study of plants.

This first one is the same green mat, just with different sorting objects.



This is our Spring Sensory Tub.
So far, it contains flowers, pots, rubber bugs, and bug cards that the students can match with the rubber bugs.



This seed matching center is one of my favorite Science centers.  Each large card contains an empty seed packet and some seeds.  The students find the small card with the same seeds and matches it to the large card.


One of the student's favorite activities was going on a nature hunt and then using what they found to create their own nature collages.






And of course, no study on plants would be complete without planting our own beans! We planted pinto and lima.  (The clear cups make it easy to see how the roots grow!)

Want to completely amaze your Kinders?!  Just change white carnations into colored carnations with food coloring and water!


At the end of our unit on plants, I split the students into five groups and they made posters to present to the class about what they learned.  Watching them work together and figure it all out on their own is always my favorite part of group projects.
I wrote the title for each group on a piece of paper, but the students did all the planning, writing and drawing on their own.

"How to Plant a Seed"

"Plant Needs"

"What We Know About Plants"

"Types of Plants"

"Parts of a Plant"



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