Learning About Plants
This lesson is designed to teach students understand the elements of what a plant needs to grow, plus the maintenance involved for upkeep.
Grade Level: Kindergarten
Length of Time: About 45 Minutes
Objectives & Outcomes
Students will be able to observe, grow and monitor their own elements in order to grow their own plants as a class.
Opening to Lesson
Gather the students together to discuss what they already know about plants. Write down all of their answers on the poster board. You can expand on their comments to help them understand further.
Body of Lesson
Read The giving tree and discuss. Show them the pictures of what a plant needs to grow: sun, water, food, air. Tell them that today they are going to make your own classroom garden, inviting each student over individually to plant their flower.
While you are inviting each student over individually to plant their flower in the pot or box that you have, the other students can be writing and drawing on the first page of their My Classroom Garden Book. On the first page they should be drawing the box or pot, with just soil in it, no plants growing. Sun and some water (since they now know that they need it). While they are working invite the other students over to plant their seeds. I had three types of flowers for them to choose from. This way I wasn’t spending a lot of money but they still had a choice. When they are done with their first page in their book they can give it back to you for safe-keeping.
If you are still planting flowers they can then draw a picture of what they think their flower will look like, based on the picture on the seed bag. When you are done planting the flowers make sure that they are watered and put by a window to get light. Choose someone to water it every day. Now that students see the elements of a plant, show them the picture of parts of a plant and have them draw a picture of each part of a plant… if time allows.
Assessment & Evaluation
Through guided questions, close monitoring and informal observation; the teacher will be able to assess student’s ability and understanding of the subject being introduced. Through individually assessing during independent practice and reviewing during guided practice the teacher will be able to evaluate students.
Modification & Differentiation
Students may work in groups or individually in order to complete their assignments. In order to accommodate for all students, allow extra time to review for lower students and extra worksheets to occupy the time of advanced students.
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