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A'Planting We Will Go

Lesson Description:
Students will:
  • Understand that most plants develop from seeds.
  • Learn what plants need to begin and to sustain life.
  • Identify the parts of the plant and know how each part benefits the plant.
  • Experience excitement and wonder as he watches the seeds grow into plants.

Lesson Type:
  • Experiment

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge

Time Needed:
4 weeks
Standards Addressed:
  • English language arts (2004)
    • goal 3: the learner will make connections through the use of oral language, written language, and media and technology.
    • objective 3.01: elaborate on how information and events connect to life experiences.
    • goal 4: the learner will apply strategies and skills to create oral, written, and visual texts.
    • objective 4.01: select and use new vocabulary and language structures in both speech and writing contexts (e.g., oral retelling using exclamatory phrases to accent an idea or event).
  • English language development (2005)
    • goal 0: objective 0.01: listen and respond to familiar questions, greetings, and phrases if spoken very slowly and distinctly, using one-word responses, physical actions, and other non-verbal communication.
    • objective 0.01: listen and physically respond to familiar simple questions with modeling and prompting.
    • objective 0.02: understand and follow one-step and two-step directions and instructions with modeling and prompting when spoken slowly and distinctly.
    • objective 0.02: follow one-step, simple directions with modeling and prompting.
    • objective 0.03: listen and demonstrate comprehension of oral presentations, stories, and/or familiar texts by responding to simple questions and statements
    • objective 0.04: listen to oral presentations, stories, and/or familiar texts told or read to them and respond using physical actions or other means of non-verbal communication with modeling and prompting.
  • Science (2005)
    • goal 1: the learner will conduct investigations and make observations to build an understanding of the needs of living organisms.
    • objective 1.01: investigate the needs of a variety of different plants:
      • air.
      • water.
      • light.
      • space.

Materials Needed:
  • "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle
  • Soil
  • Gravel
  • Seeds
  • Two clear plastic cups per student
  • Permanent markers
  • Response sheet
  • Observation log
  • Picture box writing paper
  • Assorted colors of construction and tissue paper
  • Literature about seeds and plants (See supplemental resources)

School or Group:
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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf lesson plan- a planting.pdf
Located in: Language Arts

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