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Green Thumb and Dirty Fingernails

Lesson Description:
In this lesson, students learn about plant parts, needs, and characteristics through identifying and comparing seeds. Using this knowledge, students then plant them. This lesson is best suited for 2nd graders and adheres to New York state learning standards and benchmarks.
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge

Time Needed:
3-4 weeks, may require extra time due to the varying growth rates of plants.
Standards Addressed:
  • benchmarks: mst1 si 1 - (1) ask "why" questions in attempts to seek greater understanding. 
    • mst1 ed 1 - (2) identify simple problems and solutions. 
    • mst1 ed1 - (4) plan and build, under supervision, a model of the solution using familiar materials, processes and hand tools.
  • standard: mst1 analysis, inquiry, and design - the student will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.
  • benchmarks: 
    • mst2 is 1 - (1) know basic distinctions among computer software, such as word processors, special purpose programs, and games. 
    • mst2 is 1 - (3) access needed information from printed media, electronic databases, and community resources.
  • standard: 
    • mst 2 information systems-students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.
  • benchmarks: 
    • mst4 (3) know that plants and animals have features that help them live in different environments. (4) describe the major stages in the life cycles of selected plants and animals. (6) know that plants and animals need certain resources for energy and growth.
  • standard: 
    • mst 4 - science - students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment.
  • benchmarks: 
    • mst5 (3) identify basic computer hardware. use the computer as a tool for generating and drawing ideas.
  • standard:
    • mst 5 - technology - students will apply technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.

Materials Needed:
  • nature
  • virtual ecosystem software
  • textbook
  • movie: "the magic school bus goes to seed"
  • research encyclopedia

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