Early Childhood

Life Cycle of Plants!!

Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:02 AM

HI Everyone!!

I am a student teacher in a first grade classroom. I have an upcoming lesson on life cycle of a plant and identifying plant parts. We are planting some green beans and keeping a science journal of what we will see and we are putting back together flowers that have been in an accident (that i have precut up). I wanted to see if anyone else out there has any other interesting or creative ways to teach life cycle of plants? Any advice we be greatly appreciated! 

Natashia Silva
Natashia Silva
195 Activity Points

Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:50 PM

I am student teaching in a first-grade classroom as well, and while getting the students familiar with the four major plant parts (seed, stem, roots, and flower), we had them stand up and show us what the plant parts look like with their bodies. For the stem, the students stood up straight with their arms down to their sides, and for roots, they crouched down to the ground. For seed, the students simply made a round/almond shape with their hands, and similarly, for the flower part, they stood up straight and raised their arms up spread across their heads. You could also have them demonstrate what a plant would do when given water, sunlight and nutrients, and the students would begin as a seed crouched down and then slowly get up more and more until sprouting petals or a flower. It's a fun and interactive way for students to understand the parts of a plant and be introduced to the topic. Good luck to you!

Naimah Urfi
Naimah Urfi
625 Activity Points

Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:09 PM

Hello Natashia!
I am currently student teaching in a fourth grade classroom, where the students have been learning about plant (and animal) life cycles over the past few weeks. At the end of January, the classes planted fast plants, which were kept under continuous light for over 45 days. Students were given a worksheet to go along with the unit, so they could track (draw and measure) their progress every several days. For my formal observation a few weeks ago, I was tasked to teach a lesson on animal life cycles. This was challenging because even though this was generally a topic students were interested in, I still had to come up with creative ways to make the lesson engaging. I ended up finding a book that the students seemed to really enjoy. Since you are in a first grade classroom, I would highly recommend finding a song or book to help the students. I think the more active you can make your lesson, the better. Hopefully this helps!

Taylor Ponsonby
Taylor Ponsonby
340 Activity Points

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