Spring time means it’s time for learning about plants! And that means we’re using our Plants Research Project!
The ‘staches will be using our Plants research creation to research and write about plants!! This week we will learn the parts of plants, what plants need to grow, and how plants help people! We will also plant bean seeds and observe how our grass grows! Students will record their seed observations in their seed journals!
This research project contains suggested books, recording sheets for plants as well as all the materials needed to create your research journal and graphic organizers! This 2 week plants unit is aligned to the NGSS. (NGSS: KLS1, KESS2, KESS3)
As always, our research project kicks off and ends with a schema map. We add our schema on the first day of our research project. Before we do any learning about platns, the studetns share their schema or what they know about plants and we record it on Post It Notes. As we learn about platns, we add new learning and address any misconceptions!
Graphic Organizers/Class Charts
As we research and study plants, we record our learning on our class charts. We use tree charts, brace charts, true/false sorts for higher order thinking and labeling to learn vocabulary!
The students then record their learning in their very own Plant Research Journal!
To help us understand how the parts of a plant work, we do our rainbow flowers experiment! Use any white flowers. Snip off the stems and place the flowers in water that has food coloring added. Have students make predictions and draw that they think might happen. And then watch what happens! This is a great kick off lesson for your plant research project! We always do this on day 1 so we can watch how our flowers change!
Of course we have to do art projects involving plants! And there are so many fun ideas!
First up, we use art as an assessment tool. After studying plants, their parts and their needs, the students create a plant poster and label the parts of plants and the needs of plants.
We also draw flowers, paint carrots and use plants to paint pictures!
This is one of my ultimate favorite art projects! I LOVE feet painting projects because it’s hilarious to watch the kids giggle and squirm. And let’s face it, this is a pretty big bonding moment!
This is a celery painting! Simply cut the bottom off of the celery and dip in paint. Stamp the flower onto the paper. Students then use their fingers to make stems!
Directed drawings are great and EASY and QUICK art projects. These are also great for listening and following directions and working on spatial awareness! These directions can be found on Pinterest. I got mine from Bright Concepts For Teachers!
We also learn that plants give us food. And we all love to eat so of course we learn about the parts of a plant that we eat! The kids are always shocked to learn that we actually eat all the plant parts!
Our first plant food activity is our Tops And Bottoms salad! We kick off our plant research project with the book Tops and Bottoms. We do a fun sort of which plants grow on top and which ones grow on the bottom!
And then we make a salad of all the plants from the book Tops And Bottoms!
These Tops And Bottoms lessons are available in our READ IT UP! TOPS AND BOTTOMS creation!
Our final project for our plant theme is to eat the parts of plants! I pass out the food to the students and have them sort the parts of plants. Then we discuss each part and see if we were able to identify the parts of plants that we eat!
Tops And Bottoms Sensory Bin
Here’s a fun and easy idea to bring some tops and bottoms fun into your sensory bin! Use pasta dyed green and orange to make the filler. THen add carrot tops and bottoms from our Carrot Sight Word game to make a sight word sensory bin! Students match the tops and bottoms of the carrots and write the words!
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