SOL: K.7 The student will investigate and understand basic needs and life processes of plants and animals. Key concepts include
b) plants need nutrients, water, air, light, and a place to grow and survive
ISTE 3.D Process and report results
4.A Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation
4.B Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project
Identify what is needed for a plant to grow
Plant a seed and cultivate the plant as it grows
Observe the growth of a plant from a seed
Identify the main parts of a plant
As a class, we will read The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.
•Students will be seated on the floor in front of the teacher in the reading nook. They will transition to their tables for step #2.
Step 1) Let’s watch a video about how plants grow. Click here to watch Moby the robot learn about plants from his friend Annie.
• Each student has an iPad in front of them on which they will follow along with what the teacher does on her iPad (teacher will demonstrate each step, which will be projected onto the SMARTboard).
• Students watch the video individually with their own earbuds plugged into their iPads.
• Teacher’s assistant circulates the room to help students.
Step 2) What did you learn along with Moby? Click here to put the plant life cycle in the correct order.
• Teacher demonstrates how to play the game.
• Teacher and assistant circulate the room to help students and make sure students get the answers correct.
Step 3) Now to help us remember what a plant needs to grow, let’s listen to a song. We can sing it together! Click here to learn the song about the 5 things plants need.
• Teacher demonstrates on board.
• Students listen to the song one time on their own, then the teacher plays the song from her iPad for all to listen together. She plays it one more time so that students can sing along.
Step 4) Next, Mrs. Smith will give you a piece of paper. Your piece of paper will have 6 pictures on it. You will cut out the pictures and paste them in the right order onto a piece of construction paper. Don’t forget to put your name on it!
• Teacher reads the directions, demonstrates the activity, then reads the directions again.
• Assistant will pass out papers after teacher reads the directions. Students will already have their scissors and glue in their supply basket at their table.
• Teacher and assistant circulate the room and help/monitor students.
Step 5) When everyone at your table is finished, each person will get seeds, soil, a cup to plant your seeds in, a cup of water, and a Popsicle stick where you will write your name and the type of plant your seeds will become. Following the directions on your construction paper, you will plant your seeds with your group.
• As students finish, they will set their finished product to the side, then they may choose a book from the center of their table to read as they wait on their classmates to finish. Books should go along with the planting theme.
• Once all students are finished, the teacher will read the directions, then demonstrate how to plant the seeds by following the steps on her construction paper. She will then help the assistant pass out the materials.
• Each student will receive seeds, a cup already filled with soil, a cup of water, and a Popsicle stick. Each table will plant a different kind of seed (basil, parsley, mint, and dill).
• The teacher and assistant will circulate the room helping/monitoring students.
Step 6) On another piece of paper, you will draw a picture to show the seed is under the soil. At this point, nothing will be poking out of the soil just yet!
• Teacher models instructions then circulates with assistant to help/monitor students.
Step 7) Every few days we will draw pictures of our seeds’ progress. We must also make sure our seeds get enough water and sunlight so they grow!
• Cups will be kept on a table beside a window so they receive necessary sunlight. Students will be given time every day to water their seeds.
Step 8) Once your seeds have become full-grown plants, you will have a Gardener’s Handbook full of your drawings and instructions for planting!
• Student drawings of seed progress will be collected and put with the instructions for planting they cut and pasted in the right order. Students will decorate their own cover for their Gardener’s Handbook, which they will take home to show their parents.