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Week 1: Seed Observation and How We Measure

Lesson 2

Children observe sprouting seeds in plastic bags and discuss how seeds grow and change.


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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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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Wonder Farm   
5-10 min. 

 

Wonder Farm app on an iPad.

Children explore a virtual farm and discover how a balance of light and water helps plants grow. In the Kitchen, they make salad from vegetables that are leaves, stems, roots, and fruits.

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Guided Small Group

Science Talk: Sprouting Seeds   
5 min.

 

Teacher helps student draw sprouting seeds.

Children observe and discuss the sprouting bean seeds. They draw a picture of the sprout emerging from the seed and add labels.

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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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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

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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Wonder Farm   
5-10 min. 

 

Wonder Farm app on an iPad.

Children explore a virtual farm and discover how a balance of light and water helps plants grow. In the Kitchen, they make salad from vegetables that are leaves, stems, roots, and fruits.

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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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Circle Time: Wrap-Up

Growing Beans: Journal Review   
5-10 min. 

 

Journal Entries screenshot showing bean sprout images.

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

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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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Five Little Plants   
2-5 min.

 

Student and teacher holding up five fingers.

Children act out five little plants drooping in the hot sun. Luckily, rain falls, and children act out the plants being revived and standing up tall again.

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