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Exploring Plants
13 Apr, 2014. 3 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten Science, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last week was our testing week and I am very glad to say that it is over! My students did fantastic but by Friday we were all ready for some normalcy. In the afternoons this past week we had been learning all about plants and we used Friday to explore all that we had learned. 
We are so lucky that on our campus we have a fantastic gardener and our flowers are all in bloom. On Friday, we went on a nature walk and put to use all of the things that we had learned about plants. I took my students to one of my favorite places on our campus equipped with their “Spring Walk” mini books, magnifying glasses, and our marker buckets.  
We spent about 35 minutes exploring the garden and taking notes on what we observed. 
We used our five senses and filled out each page in our book based on what we saw, heard, smelled, felt, and noticed. 
My students recorded some fantastic observations in their books and applied so much of what they learned to what they were seeing in the garden.
Many of my students were captivated at looking at the stamens, pistils, and pollen in the plants. One student even saw a bee crawl into a flower and leave with pollen all over its legs. He was beyond excited.
 We also started growing some wheat grass in our classroom. I purchased these clay pots at Amazon.com for my students. 
We painted them with two coats of acrylic paint before we added our soil and seeds.  {I had them apply a white base coat and then the color of their choice on top of it.}
 Then, once they had dried, {it did not take long} we went outside to add our soil, seeds, and the first few squirts of water.
 I use a squirt bottle to water our plants so that we do not drown the seeds. 
I’m hoping that when we come back to school Monday that the wheat grass will have started to grow! 
Next week is a short week for us so we will be focusing on Easter and then we are getting ready to study insects. If you need resources to compliment your plant and insect units, I have these available in my TpT store (just click on the cover to get taken to them). The insect unit is on sale for the next two days! (4/13-4/15)

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3 Comments
  1. I enjoyed reading about your class plant adventure. The unit looks wonderful! Definately A+

  2. I am off to get those pots!!!! Love your units! What a beautiful garden!

  3. LOVE!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue Skies

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  • I enjoyed reading about your class plant adventure. The unit looks wonderful! Definately A+

  • I am off to get those pots!!!! Love your units! What a beautiful garden!

  • LOVE!
    Jennifer
    First Grade Blue Skies

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