What is our theme? Spring has sprung
What is the lesson (overall purpose)? The children will learn what plants need inorder to grow.
MA Guidelines/Standards: Demonstrate initiative, self-direction,and independence to describe what plants need to grow
Learning Outcomes: Your child will grow their own bean plant and be able to identify what plants need to survive.
Songs, Books & Videos (Motivational Techniques)
Take a walk outside and look at all the plants that are growing in your yard. Ask questions: Are the plants in the ground? Are they growing in soil? What is all around us that plants and people need to live?( air ). Is the sun shining on the plants? What is the temperature? Do these plants grow in winter time? Do they need rain to grow?
Materials: Pot for planting, soil, bean seeds water
- Have your child fill a pot half way with soil
- Give your child 3 seeds to place in the dirt
- Have your child then cover the seeds with more soil ( just enough to cover them )
- Then have your child water the seeds
- Then place you pot in a warm place where it will get sunshine.
- Watch your plant everyday and keep it watered.
Activity Wrap Up: Your child planted seeds in a pot and are waiting to see what happens!
How do I know what my child is learning? (Assessment) Does your child check on the plant everyday to make sure it has water? When the plant begins to grow are they still watering it? Has your child asked what we can do with the plant after it starts growing too big for the pot.
How can you extend this activity? (Modifications) You can make a few pots with seeds and place them in different places in your house ( a dark place that has no sunshine, in the fridge where it is cold, etc. ) Where did the plant grow BEST?
Helpful Hints: (Pitfalls & Solutions) If you don’t have a pot you can use plastic cups ( be sure to put holes in the bottom so the excess water can leak out )