It is great fun for children to see a whole entire tree, roots and all, in the palm of their hand. Students really enjoy studying tree seedlings. I will describe the different methods I use to easily acquire seedlings in the lesson plan as well as how to use the seedlings for a year-long study of trees that can be used with or without a science notebook.
This lesson provides a great way to get some inquiry science into your day.
Students will look at some seedlings and identify the parts (leaves, branches, trunk, roots) while the teacher discusses the function of the parts.
Teacher will discuss what a plant needs to grow (water, sunlight, soil, air and space to grow).
Students will design and conduct a very basic experiment by planting seedlings with a variable. Class will select two spots in your school yard to plant the trees to compare how they are growing each season. Maybe pick one spot that is sunny and one that is shady or one that is wet and one that is dry, etc.
Data of the study will be kept throughout the school year. Options for either a science notebook or class data are provided.
Students will learn the song “Leaves, Branches, Trunk and Roots” .