Teaching Through Trade Books: Pondering Plantsby: Christine Anne Royce

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This column includes activities inspired by children’s literature. This month’s issue has students exploring the physical structure of a plant, how a plant grows, and what a plant actually is.

Grades
  • Elementary
Publication Date
11/1/2013

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  • on Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:20 PM

This article provides a literature connection to ongoing investigations where students plant their own seeds and watch progressive plant growth. The two books featured are “How a Seed Grows” by Helen J. Jordan, and “What is a Plant?” by Bobbie Kalman. Two lesson plans are provided. One lesson describes how students in kindergarten through second grade can observe progressive plant growth. Using a 5 E inquiry lesson plan format, students plant several bean seeds; then unearth them at different points during their growth cycles to make observations and comparisons. The second lesson plan is geared toward grades 3 – 5, and students determine if plants grow the same way under varying soil conditions. The lessons would be great hands-on activities to introduce units on seed propagation, plant growth or life cycles. The connections to the Common Core ELA Standards and Next Generation Science Standards are clearly shown.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)


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