Planting seeds in the classroom is such a great Science Observation lab where students can study what plants need to grow and the the parts of the plant as it grows before their eyes. Even better is we use popcorn kernels! The students always think we are growing popcorn.
Students will read about the parts of plants. Then they will make a plant journal to track their observations of their new plants. Students will plant 3 plants with different variables to see which one grows the best. Then they will transplant them once they sprout. The project will end with a parts of the plant art activity that can double as an assessment.
This mini unit is designed to be spread out to allow the plants time to grow which is around 5-8 days. The students will read the close reading article to give them the background knowledge, use the plant journals to keep track of their observations, plant their plants and watch which ones grow, then transplant the best. They will end the unit with an interactive art activity using the knowledge they have learned.
Your students will grasp the idea of the parts of the plants and their features while also learning exactly what plants need to grow.
You might also be interested in our full 1st Grade Plant Unit or the 2nd Grade Version. I have planned out your entire plant unit for you. We also have many other plant related activities.
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Special Treat Friday, Heather McKinsey