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Week 2: Our Growing Plants

Lesson 4

Children measure their growing plants.


Circle Time: Introduction

The Carrot Seed   
5 min.

 

Teacher holding up The Carrot Seed book in front of class.

Children listen to and discuss the book, The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss.

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Measuring Our Plants   
5-10 min.

 

Teacher measuring plants with students.

Children observe, describe and measure the new little plants that have emerged over the weekend.

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Wonder Farm   
5-10 min. 

 

Wonder Farm app on an iPad.

Children explore a virtual farm and discover how the right balance of light and water helps plants grow.

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Five Little Plants   
2-5 min.

 

Student and teacher holding up five fingers.

In this fingerplay rhyme, five plants droop in the hot, hot sun. Luckily rain falls, and the little plants are revived.

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Guided Small Group

Science Talk: Plant Parts   
5 min.

 

Student pointing to a plant that the teacher holds.

Children identify and describe parts of the growing bean plants. They talk about the function of some of these plant parts.

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Measuring Our Plants   
5-10 min.

 

Teacher measuring plants with students.

If a bean plant has emerged from the soil, children measure the tallest plant, build a Unifix® tower to the same height, and predict how tall the plant will be the next time they measure it.

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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 plants in a bag. Then they take a photo and discuss their bean plants in soil. If a bean plant has emerged from the soil, they also record the plant's measurement.

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Growing Beans: Journal Review   
5-10 min. 

 

Journal Entries screenshot showing bean sprout images.

Children view photos of their bean seeds and plants taken on different days, discuss how they have changed and grown, and pose questions.

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Wonder Farm Dice Game   
5-10 min.

 

Student looks at a giant dice after rolling it.

Children throw a giant dice and remove cards from a game board if the dice shows a source of water or light that will help a plant grow.

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Learning Centers

Class Garden: From Seed to Plant   
5-15 min.

 

Student holds up colorful worksheet.

Science Center: Children observe and draw pictures of Class Garden plants, showing a seed and the plant that has grown from that seed.

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Artful Seeds   
5-15 min.

 

Student smiles next to her art project.

Art Center: Children create art of plants and seeds with sprouts and roots using collage materials.

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Wonder Farm   
5-10 min. 

 

Wonder Farm app on an iPad.

Digital Learning Center: Children explore a virtual farm and discover how the right balance of light and water helps plants grow.

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Growing Beans: Journal Review   
5-10 min. 

 

Journal Entries screenshot showing bean sprout images.

Digital Learning Center: Children view photos of their bean seeds and plants taken on different days and discuss how they have changed and grown.

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Watch It Grow   
5 min. 

 

Students act out the sequence of a bean growing into a plant.

Digital Learning Center: Children watch and respond to a time-lapse video of a bean seed growing into a plant.

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Circle Time: Wrap-Up

Class Garden: Compare & Contrast   
5-10 min.

 

Teacher draws and labels a bean seed.

The class examines and compares a bean plant with a different kind of plant from the Class Garden.

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