The Early Years: Bring On Spring—Planting Peasby: Peggy Ashbrook

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Growing peas helps children who grow food at home make a connection between school and home by sharing their experience, and those who have never seen a field of crops make a connection between soil, weather, and food production by growing a trial crop. Learning about growing plants is part of the National Science Education Content Standard C: Life Science.

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  • on Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:28 PM

The planting of seeds after winter has just ended is an excellent way to introduce spring. Furthermore planting seeds inside and outside can demonstrate how different temperatures, sunlight, and nutrients can affect plant growth. Lastly, watching a seed become a full grown plant helps young children observe and document plant changes from seed to adult plant. This simple activity described in this article supports a students learning about plants in a fun and educational way.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue May 03, 2011 2:39 PM

This article provides a wealth of Internet resources for teachers new to the gardening scene. Starting from scratch, students practice several process skills as they watch peas germinate and grow both indoors and outside. This activity is suitable for any elementary classroom. Students receive first hand knowledge of how one of their food sources originates. Observing the life cycle of a plant from seed to fruit to seed again is something many students have not had an opportunity to experience. The article also provides books for teachers and students to enjoy as they learn more about gardening.

Carolyn Mohr  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn Mohr (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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