With spring in full bloom, it was time to begin our unit on Plants! We usually spend a good two weeks with plants. The first week we gather all of our information, learn all about the parts and what they do, and conduct a few whole-group experiments. The second week I like to have the students plant their own plants (which we do this coming week!) and we observe our plants daily and document our findings!
This past week we were talking about plants in almost every subject! We even saw plants during our contractions unit!
Once we reached Science, we really started to dive into plants!
We focused the first two days on what plants need and made a few booklets, flip charts, and crafts!
We then labeled our plant and all of the plant parts:
After learning about each part of the plant, we focused on what each part of the plant is responsible for! We got to meet our friends Larry, Sally, Steve, Randy, and Fran.
Each friend has their own card the explains in detail about their part of the plant and what they do!
The students also received their own cards in black and white to help them complete their own Parts of a Plant book.
On Thursday, we read "Tops & Bottoms" which I absolutely LOVE!
After reading our story, we made a chart where we sorted different vegetables and where they grow!
One of my team teachers brought in *tons* of vegetables for our entire grade level and we went to sorting!
We placed a table cloth on the ground and divided it into four sections (roots, stem, leaves, and flower)
I just wrote on it with a sharpie!
I placed all of the vegetables in the center!
...and we went to cutting, breaking, sorting, and some of us wanted to take a bite of them!
This is what it looked like when were finished!
We just *had* to save a stem and place it in some colored water. We had learned that the stem carries the water to the other parts of the plant and leaves, so we just had to test it out!
Just after one day..... it worked! (imagine that!)
They turned BLUE!!
Most of these activities came from my newest plants unit:
You can click on the picture above to take you to the unit!
It is already marked down AND an additional 20% off through Monday!!!!
Have a great weekend!!!