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Week 1: Seed Observation and How We Measure

Lesson 1

Children plant and observe seed growth.


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 they use the photo tool in the digital Plants Journal to record observations about the seeds.

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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   
10-15 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 photograph and describe their bean plants in a bag. Then they take a photo and discuss their bean plants growing in soil. Once a bean plant has emerged from the soil, they also record the plant’s measurement.

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Learning Centers

Seed Sorting   
5-15 min.

 

Three students look at seeds in bowls.

Children sort a selection of four to five types of seeds that differ in size, shape, color, and texture and discuss what the seeds need to help them grow.

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Seed Art Frames   
5-15 min.

 

Two students decorate picture frames with seeds.

Children decorate picture frames with assorted seeds. At the end of the unit, a photo of each child with his/her favorite plant will be inserted in these frames.

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Circle Time: Wrap-Up

Planting Seeds   
10-15 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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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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