Plants and Seeds - ProTeacher Community




Home Join Now Search My Favorites
Help


      Second Grade

Plants and Seeds

>

Reply
 
Thread Tools
First2no's Avatar
First2no First2no is offline
 
Joined: May 2006
Posts: 242
Full Member

First2no
 
First2no's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2006
Posts: 242
Full Member
Plants and Seeds
Old 09-12-2010, 12:12 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #1

Can anyone suggest fun hands on projects for a unit on plants and seeds?

Thanks so much.


First2no is offline   Reply With Quote

Malene's Avatar
Malene Malene is offline
 
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 517
Senior Member

Malene
 
Malene's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 517
Senior Member
seed journal
Old 09-12-2010, 12:23 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #2

Every year I have soaked pinto bean seeds. Each day or two I give each student a new bean to open and look for the tiny plant inside. THey love doing that. Then they draw what their bean looked like in a seed journal. Of course after a few days the seeds have sprouted. It is fun to measure how long the roots are getting and to see the leaves finally grow. I use seed sprouting trays but you can use a jar or rubbermaid container. Soak the beans in water until they soften and then drain them. Make sure that you rinse them twice a day or they will get slimy. Each day give the students a new bean sprout to investigate. We also enjoy planting a few bean to see how the grow. Give one water, soil and sunlight; give one no water, one no soil and put one in a closet(this one has the most amazing result, it grows all over the place trying to find light and is almost white in color.)
Malene is offline   Reply With Quote
Alaska11's Avatar
Alaska11 Alaska11 is offline
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1
New Member

Alaska11
 
Alaska11's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 1
New Member
Plants and Seeds
Old 09-12-2010, 01:40 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #3

Although it's more fun to do this in "the great outdoors", the playground will also work . . .

Materials:
1. LARGE, old socks (maybe Dad's, uncle's, etc.?) Emphasize the OLD part.
2. Something to hold dirt to plant seeds. (We've used flower pots, bottom of a milk carton, tin pan, and some pretty unusual items.)
3. Planting soil to add to regular dirt, if you want to do this.
4. Plastic knives
5. Volunteers to help you
6. Time for fun

Ask the parents to send in an OLD pair of large socks (holes are fine). Have the kids put the socks on OVER their shoes. Take them for a walk through a wooded area, if possible, or around trees, through a park, or areas where there might be seeds and small signs of life. Make sure the kids walk through (safely) taller grass (to the ankles and/or knees), and check out many different areas that they might find signs of life. Use this time as a teaching time about plants, soil, even the water cycle! Point out the differences in muddy areas and dry areas. What grows there, and why in those areas?

After the walk, and before returning to the classroom, have students put their socks into a ziploc baggie. Do not mix all the socks! After returning to the classroom, ask the students to take a plastic knife and scrape whatever is on their sock(s) into their soil. Water, as needed, and put into a window for sunlight. Let the children check their plants, water when the soil is dry, and measure the growth of all plants. Teach the students what grows in your local area. Are there any surprises?

The BIG part of this project is allowing the students to observe differences between all the plants. The whole class went to the same area, but some of us have different types of growth in our soil. Why is that? You can really teach a lot of subjects with this project (math for distances, ruler measurements of plants, volume of water on plants, chart the plant growth/other items, observation skills, limited mapping skills by drawing the area the class walked through, scale drawings, writing skills in science journals, oral communication by sharing information with the class, computer projects, etc.) I love doing this project every year -- with all ages, too!

Have fun! (The parent's usually have as much fun as the kids!)
Alaska11 is offline   Reply With Quote

Join the conversation! Post as a guest or become a member today. New members welcome!

Reply

 

>
Second Grade
Thread Tools




Sign Up Now

Sign Up FREE | ProTeacher Help | BusyBoard

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:51 PM.

Copyright © 2019 ProTeacher®
For individual use only. Do not copy, reproduce or transmit.
source: www.proteacher.net