Following Directions Activity: How to Make a Terrarium in a Jar(Reading Comprehension)
*Updated July 12, 2013 to include open as well as closed environment directions. Students will leave their jar open or place a lid on it depending on their type of plant.
Terrariums are extremely popular right now & your students will just love designing their very own! A terrarium is a collection of small plants growing in a transparent container. The water in the terrarium is constantly recycled, passing from liquid form to gas and back again. As the moisture in the air condenses on the glass walls, it returns to the soil and is absorbed by the roots of the plants. Very little maintenance is required.
This engaging activity requires students to follow a set of written directions while it encompasses many of the Common Core ELA & Science standards.
Do your students have trouble following directions? This was a widespread complaint in our district, but most of the activities we found were of the “Color the fire truck red. Color the grass green…” variety. So we designed our own fun and motivating projects, which require students to follow a set of directions written for their grade level(s).
Special attention is paid to following steps in the proper order, and students hone their organizational skills by using checklists for the steps and materials. The end result is a happy child and a student who better understands the importance of following directions.
This packet includes a reproducible set of student directions (including care instructions for the terrarium), notes for the teacher, photographs of completed terrariums that our students created & a shopping list for the teacher.
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