Today, we are going to be learning about what plants need to grow by conducting an experiment. Reference the previous anchor charts on a scientist and the scientific process. Discussion: What do you already know about plants? Students think, then turn to their carpet neighbors and share their ideas. Today we are going to start a story called Seed to Plant. Scientists are always curious and looking to learn something new. If you hear something new about plants, put your thumb in front of your chest.
Read aloud the first few pages of Seed to Plant (stop before how to plant a seed).
Discussion: What do we predict a plant needs to grow? Make a class chart. These next two weeks we will be taking photos to collect data on how the plants grow. We will examine the results to discover what plants need to grow.
Over the next few weeks students will be growing plants in a variety of conditions (water/no water, sunlight/no sunlight, soil/no soil). Students will track the growth of the plants on Seesaw with the use of the photo function on the activity page. After two weeks of collecting information, students will evaluate their results to identify the needs of plants.
Discussion: What are some things people need to stay healthy? What do you do to grow your brain and body? Students, with their carpet neighbors, have a few moments to think silently then share their ideas with their neighbors. Students are then called to share and draw on the anchor chart their neighbor’s idea. Can we make any connections between what plants need and what humans need?
Podcast: One student will be selected to be the expert on this unit. That student will be interviewed by the teacher on the classroom podcast at the completion of the multi-week lesson.
Leading Discussion Questions:
What are a plant’s basic needs? What happens if a plant does not have all its needs met?
Choice board & Journal: At the end of the experiment, students will pick research books and songs from the choice board to deepen their learning about plants. Students will then complete the chart independently (what do plants need to grow? / where do plants grow?).