Plants are Amazing!
Most states have a science core standard about the living environment in which we live. Teaching the life cycle of a plant using hands-on plants themselves is a great way to meet the standard in a fun way. One of my favorite things is to fill my sensory table with potting soil with a few plants the students can dig out - and carefully view the parts of a plant. Kids love feeling like real scientists as they take their magnifying classes to find all of the plant parts. I also have a bowl of seeds the students can plant and water in the same soil. It is amazing by the end of a week or two, a lovely flower garden begins to grow!
Try This Activity:
Examining the parts of a plant is a fascinating experience. Choose one or two different plants and take them out of their pots. Shake off dirt to expose the roots. Lay the plants on a table or counter along with some magnifying glasses. Help students identify the flower, leaves, stem, and roots of the plants. After discussing the purpose of each plant part, have the students draw a plant, complete with roots.
There are lots of fun videos to enhance your plant thematic unit. Here are a couple of my favorites.
There are also many great books on plants.
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Plant Thematic Unit Includes:
Strategically Linked to the common core, this "Developmentally Appropriate Thematic plant unit is divided into areas of literature, media, music, art, literacy activities, math activities, worksheets, science activities, creative writing, word wall words, and guided reading.
The activities are clearly written, easy to use, and need limited amounts of preparation. The lessons are fun and engaging and will leave your classroom or homeschool students begging for more.
Math Center Activities
Flowering Math: Joining Sets
Watermelon War: Comparing Numerals
Garden Party: Demonstrating Subtraction
Counting Seeds: Count out items to match a given number.
Planting Seeds: Making Combinations to 10
Plant a Garden Ways to Make 8
Reading Center Activities:
Flower Garden: Reading Sight Word & CVC Word Sentences (or alphabet recognition).
Tip Toe Through the Tulips: Alphabet letter sound fluency (or sight word fluency)
Run Rabbit Run: Alphabet Letter Fluency
In the Garden: Naming Sight Words
Greenhouse Words: Reading Sight Words
Blooming Words: Isolating Phonemes & Writing CVC Words From Dictation
The Garden Show: Writing Color Words
Building a Science Center
A Seed Grows: Planting a seed in a bag
Kitchen Science: Edible Dirt
Plant Parts: Observation of Plants
The Thirsty Stem: Capillary Action In Plants
Seed Sorting: Using the Scientific Process
Plant Parts: Portfolio Sample
Mother's Day Flower
Inch by Inch (adapted) by David Mallet
Plant A Seed
The Little Seed
Plant Word Wall Words
Prompts: All About Seeds,What I Know About Plants
I Can Writing: Label it, list it card it