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First graders, after listening to the book, "The Tiny Seed," by Eric Carle and summarizing what they feel were the most important points in the story, create and design a painting of flowers. They painting serves as one form of representation from the book through their eyes.
The story The Tiny Seed kicks off a wonderful hands on inquiry about seeds, plants, and scientific observations. Little ones examine the parts of a plant, discuss the book The Tiny Seed, and label the parts of a plant. They take observational photographs of a seed to document its growth over a period of weeks.
Fourth graders complete various activities related to the plant life cycle. They read the book "The Tiny Seed," read and discuss the poem "Five Little Seeds," complete a "Plantenstein Mystery" and other online activities, write and illustrate a plant life cycle comic strip, take a field trip to a wildlife refuge, and dissect beans and seeds.
Even the youngest kids can make scientific comparisons using collected data. They read The Tiny Seed, then discuss the essential nutrients and elements needed for a seed to grow into a blooming plant. They plant seeds and track their growth using a sting, create paper plant, and label it. After their seeds have bloomed they give them to their moms along with a Mother's Day poem. Great ideas!
Learners discover how they can help care for the earth. In this environmental protection lesson plan, students discuss how God created the earth and what will happen if they fail to care for the earth properly. Learners grow their own plants which they will take care of themselves.
Learn how to apply visual and meaning cues to reading unknown words. Readers will explore what to do when they come to a word they do not know as they watch the teacher model the use of these cues and then participate in guided and independent practice. In the guided practice, young readers get to be on the look out for the teacher to make mistakes! Various books with good illustrations are recommended for this activity.
Students compare fall and spring. In this seasonal changes lesson, students read the book Apples and Pumpkins and discuss the fall season. The students then read It's Spring and describe the spring season. As a culminating activity, students construct a Venn diagram, comparing the two seasons.
Young gardners read and listen to books about seeds, plants, and the growing process. They plant seeds in plastic cups to observe the process of root-growing and plant formation. The whole class walks through a field to collect seeds that stick to socks that they put over their shoes. Each child writes a story about one of the seeds they collected. A fascinating, engaging, and well-designed plan!
Students learn about and discuss the Internet. Students find out about new uses for the Internet. With the guidance of their teacher, they explore Eric Carle's web page, and other locations online. Then they complete various interdisciplinary activities using Carle's books as inspiration.
First graders evaluate what it takes for a seed to become a plant. They brainstorm what they know, discuss what they want to know and interact with a Plant WebQuest that indicates what they have learned. They also examine how we get the food we eat and which parts of the plant are edible.
Learners work in small groups of three or four to create books based on the Eric Carle books studied. Topics may include tadpoles, guppies, people, moths, and plants. Media used may include Kid Pix, sound recordings, art pieces, sketches, digital camera, scanner, etc. Students end up with a hard cover copy of their book, as well as, a web-based multimedia version and present their creations to an audience of other learners.