ALuv just finished a unit on plants. He was very interested in this unit, which made it fun to teach! I wanted to post about some of our reading and writing activities.
PARTS OF A PLANT
We began our study with trees, since we have so many in our yard and he enjoys climbing them so much. We talked about the parts of a tree and he even made his own “riddle lap book” of sorts, which I posted about a couple of weeks ago.
Exploring Tops & Bottoms with Plants
We moved a little deeper into learning about a plant’s parts by reading Tops & Bottoms (one of my all-time favorite books.)
We did a celery science experiment. I found through my research that blue food dye works the best, so that’s what we used.
I had him hypothesize what he thought would happen to the celery on this chart.
Making Observations in Nature
We went outside to explore plant parts further.
Drawing & Writing about Plant Parts
Growing a Lima Bean
To start off this part of the unit, I bought some dried lima beans from the store. I soaked a few overnight and we were able to open them up and look at the “baby plant” growing inside. After exploring the lima bean, we read The Empty Pot (another favorite).
To test the idea of cooked seeds not being able to grow, ALuv and I started another science experiment. We cooked 3 beans by boiling them (in the microwave) and left 3 beans uncooked.
By day 9, the cooked beans were decaying and actually had a very unpleasant odor. The uncooked beans were sprouting roots like crazy!
Daddy and ALuv planted the beans into cups with dirt to go outside. Unfortunately, animals got into our beans, so we never got to see them grow! ALuv was disappointed and asked if we could try it again. Maybe this summer..
How Seeds Move
He finished up our unit by writing and “publishing” a piggyback story (as I call them) from the books The Enormous Turnip and The Enormous Watermelon. This took me back to my days as a classroom teacher doing Writer’s Workshop! What fun!
Thanks and God bless,