I always start this unit off with the study of seeds, since that is where plants come from. Then, I move on to the parts of a plant, etc. So, last week was all about seeds - where seeds come from; the parts of a seed; what seeds need to grow, and how seeds grow. Next week we will begin learning about the parts of a plant.
Books we read this week:
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons
How a Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan
First, we learned about where seeds come from. I made up a tray with 6 different fruits & vegetables on it. During circle time, I cut each fruit/veggie open so that the kids could see the seeds inside. We discussed that seeds come from plants and that each of these fruits and veggies grow on some sort of plant. Unfortunately, I missed taking a picture of the tray of fruits & veggies, but I'm sure you get the basic idea!
I also made a sorting/matching work from the free seed and plant matching cards from Montessori Print Shop. I added small plastic containers of each kind of seed depicted on the cards. The child lays out the small containers of seeds in a row at the top of his/her rug, then matches the seed picture cards, and finally matches the corresponding plant picture cards. Below is a picture of this work:
|I also added magnifying glasses so the kids could have a closer look at the seeds.|
|Parts of a Seed 3-part cards with magnifying glasses and soaked lima beans. The kids could open up the lima beans to discover the parts of the seed inside!|
|"My Parts of a Seed Booklet"|
|One of the kids working on the seed booklet!|
I'll post updated pics once they start growing!
We also planted lima bean seeds in clear baby food jars. The kids filled the jars with dirt, stuck a finger down the side of the jar to make a hole for the seed (so we could watch the seed grow through the glass), put the seed in the hole, gave them some water, and put the jars on the windowsill. Below is a really bad picture of the jars by the window. My phone takes really bag pics when there is a lot of direct sun light.
Next, we planted each of the seeds from the seed sorting work I mentioned earlier in this post - in what else but a fish tank! This was an extra project for anyone who wanted to participate - and most of the kids wanted to get in on it! Below is a picture of the fish tank with the seeds planted inside:
|From left to right - sunflower seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, pumpkin seed, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, and fennel seeds - I put a label with the same of each seed above where it was planted.|
|From left to right - lima bean, black eyed pea, kidney bean, black bean, pinto bean, great northern bean - again, I labeled each one.|
The 3's class kids also did an additional project involving 20 night crawlers - yes, I mean those big worms used for fishing! We made a worm farm using a giant glass jar, potting soil, sand, and gavel. First, I put in a layer of gravel on the bottom of the jar. Then, the kids scooped in soil and sand in alternating layers. I then covered the jar with construction paper to block out the light so the worms would come right to the edge of the jar to make their trails in the dirt. I can't believe I didn't take a picture of the worm farm before I covered it with paper to block out the light, but I didn't. I guess it's easy to miss stuff like that when you are in the middle of a bunch of excited kids! Finally, we added all 20 worms to the top of the jar. Below are some pics that I did manage to get during the process:
|Picking up the squirmy worms to put in the jar!|
|Look at that pile of worms!|
|The finished product!|
Well, that's it for today! I will post more later this week about our seeds and plants unit. For more fun ideas for your classroom, please check out my Lesson Plans to Pots and Pans Facebook page!
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