April 25, 2014

Springing into Science Blog Hop with a FREEBIE and a GIVEAWAY!!

We are so excited to be part of this fabulous blog hop featuring a lot of science fun from some amazing teachers! There are so many wonderful ideas out there, please be sure to jump through them all so you don't miss anything, especially the freebies and giveaways that many are having!

We have been having the best time with our children learning about seeds and plants. They have been so excited every day and come in asking, "What are we doing today?" We love when we see them enjoy learning this much!! It makes it all worth it!

To start our unit, we read the book Grow, Flower, Grow! by Lisa Bruce.

This is an adorable story where the main character, Fran, tries to get her flower to grow by feeding it all of her favorite foods. Fran is very discouraged when the pizza, cheeseburgers, and strawberry ice cream doesn't help her plant to grow, so she throws it out the door. While outside, the plant gets sunlight, rain, and fresh air. One day Fran goes outside to play and waiting for her is a big beautiful flower!

This started our discussion on what a plant needs to grow. As a follow up children completed a journal responding to the journal prompt: If flowers could talk, what would it have said to Fran when she was trying to feed it all of her favorite foods? Here is one example:

"I can't eat the food that you eat. I drink rain and I need sun. 
I also need wind because wind gives me carbon dioxide."

First, we started by soaking Lima beans in water overnight to make them easy to take apart. The next day, the children were given the seeds to examine, open, take apart, etc. Some of the children looked at the seeds using magnifying glasses.

First, they had to peel off the seed coat, some children were nervous to do this because they were afraid to hurt the seed. (Aww!) With a little help and encouragement, everyone was able to remove the seed coat and examine it closely.

Next, they opened the seed into the two halves. We explained how the food storage tissue is the food used to feed the baby plant that is going to grow from the seed. They were encouraged to look very closely and see if they could find something inside the seed that looked like a baby plant. 

They removed the embryo from the seed and were able to take a closer look. Some of the children thought they could already see some teeny, tiny leaves on the embryo. Here are the three parts:

Children then labeled and colored the parts of a seed.

Children then learned about the life cycle of a plant. We read several non-fiction books and we also had a Scholastic magazine on the subject this month. 

We differentiated the life cycle papers to match the different writing levels of the children in our classes. 

We also learned about the different parts of a plant and used this assessment to identify and label each part independently. (This will be very important to know for tomorrow's big project!)

We integrated some technology to further explore the lifecycle of a plant and how plants make their own food through photosynthesis with Ms. Frizzle in "The Magic School Bus Gets Planted." The children LOVE these videos!

In preparation to plant our flower seeds, we completed our very own "How to Plant a Seed" book. The book takes the children through 6 steps of seed planting.

Now we are ready to plant our own flowers! Are they excited?
Yes! We think they are!

Our seeds are ready!

1st ~ add soil

2nd ~ pat the soil down tightly

3rd ~ poke a hole

4th ~ drop in the seeds

5th ~ cover the seeds with soil

6th ~ water the seed

Here are some of the books we read together this week and the children have been exploring in the Reading Center also! It is music to our ears when they are beginning to read to learn and understand and they come over to us excited about something new they found out...and THEY read it on their own!

Blooming Beginning Sounds!
This is a great center that hits on many skills all at one time. 
The children are to put the pots in ABC order. Then they are to find the flower with a word that starts with the correct beginning sound to match. 
After they have completed that, they are to find the word that matches the picture. 
You could be a lucky winner of this fun and engaging center. 
All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter below! 
The winner will be picked at the end of this Springing into Science Blog Hop.

Sunflower Number Sense!
This is another fun center for the children involving flowers. Here, the children need to read
the number word on the flower pot and put them in order.
Next, they need to find the stem that has the correct set of dots.
Then, they match the numeral that is on the flower head. 

Have you been using the STEM or STEAM standards this year? We have!
Check back soon to see what our children are able to create with all of these goodies tomorrow! We are excited to see their creativity and how they problem solve to meet the challenge they're given...Stay tuned!

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Wait! There's more!
We love to share freebies and for a limited time (April 25-28), we are offering two
of the activities shown in this post for free!
Lifecycle of a Plant & Parts of a Plant

Click here to download.

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  1. Wow! Great post! I love the excitement and pride on the faces of your little learners!

  2. This is great! My favorite thing is to plant seeds and watch how they grow....sad though because plants are not part of the lessons that I am to teach this year!


  3. After looking at this post, I can't wait to start planting at home with my 5 year old!

    Teaching Munchkins

  4. this is a great post about your plant unit.

  5. We grow plants and put them in different places in the classroom to see what they need., ie sunlight.

  6. I really enjoyed your post! My class loves to plant too!
    2 Scoops of Kindergarten

  7. My first graders enjoy planting seeds in a small pot and watching them grow. :)

  8. I LOVE to soak the seeds and have the kiddos take them apart and examine the insides.

  9. I love to plant seeds with them, but I also like to plant day lily's outside our window so that they can see them throughout the seasons.

  10. We pick pumpkins at the pumpkin patch and watch the seeds grow both in our cups and pumpkin shell. :)

  11. We plant seeds and watch them grow and then give them to our moms for Mother's Day.

  12. I love to see their expression through the different stages and really enjoy their drawings about what they've seen. They are so cute! Scientists in the making!

  13. You have inspired me to plant with my class!

  14. We love planting seeds in our classroom...so much fun and a great experience for students!!!

  15. We love growing a flower- we start it in plenty of time for it to be ready to take home to our moms for Mother's Day. We plant it in a plastic or styrofoam cup first, then we decorate/paint a small terra cotta flower pot and put our cup in that to take home as a Mother's Day gift! The kids love that they grew their present for Mom all by themselves!

  16. Love your post! I miss planting with my kinder kids!!!

  17. I like to have the children plant flowers and then we give them as presents for Mother's Day.

  18. We sort 16-bean soup from the grocery store, using the beans for various math activities but we plant some of each. When they (hopefully) grow beans, we make the soup (from a new bag) and try the soup and the beans that we grew.

  19. Planting bean seeds have always been a favorite!

  20. "Growth and Changes in Plants" is part our Science curriculum for Grade 3!!! Yippee!!! I also love to do the lima bean activity with the kidlettes, but this year, we are doing something different. My class is part of a renewal project of a local wetlands. We recently planted a number of native plants in classroom pots and will be participating in a transfer ceremony in June!! The kids are absolutely thrilled! What a wonderful blog post =). leafsgirl@rogers.com.

  21. we love to predict what flower will grow first!

  22. Cute ideas! I love making kid-created diagrams and labels for our planting unit...and of course...planting! ;)

  23. Can you buy this unit on TPT

    1. It is not in our store yet, but we are hoping to get it in there soon. Sorry.


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