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Week 1: Sprouting Seeds

Lesson 1

Children plant seeds in soil and in plastic sandwich bags.


Circle Time: Introduction

Introducing Seeds & Journals   
10 min. 

 

A teacher shows an iPad app to students.

Children examine and discuss seeds and planting materials they will use in their hands-on activities, then practice using the photo tool in the Plants Journal iPad app.

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This Is the Way We Plant the Seeds   
5 min.

 

Children sing and act out the steps for planting and caring for a seed.

As children sing, they mime the steps of planting and caring for a seed and waiting for it to grow.

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Guided Small Group

Planting Seeds   
5-10 min.

 

A student waters a plant in classroom.

Children "plant" bean seeds in two different ways. First they place seeds in a plastic sandwich bag with a moist paper towel. Then they plant bean seeds in soil.

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Growing Beans: Journal Entries   
5-10 min. 

 

Teacher helping student water a plant while two students watch.

Children take a photo and describe their bean seeds in a bag. Then they take a photo and discuss their bean seeds planted in soil.

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Learning Centers

Seed Sorting   
5-15 min.

 

Three students look at seeds in bowls.

Science Center: Children sort a selection of 4-5 seeds that differ in size, color and texture.

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Circle Time: Wrap-Up

Planting Seeds   
10-15 min.

 

A student waters a plant in classroom.

Children recount how they planted the bean seeds and make predictions about when the first plant will emerge from the soil. Then they plant some other seeds for the Class Garden.

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A Seed Without Water   
5 min.

 

Teacher writing on white board while twp students watch.

Children investigate whether a seed will sprout and grow without water.

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