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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Lesson Description:
Students plant seeds and experiment with what makes them grow, while reading the garden and discussing what methods were used in the book. this lesson is best suited for K-2nd graders and adheres to florida sunshine state and process standards.
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge

Time Needed:
2-4 weeks, may depend on rate of plant growth
Standards Addressed:
  • La.a.
    • the student reads informational texts for specific purposes (including but not limited to performing a task, learning a new task, sequentially carrying out the steps of a procedure, locating information to answer a question).
  • sc.f.
    • the student knows some factors that influence the growth of living things (for example, amount of water, amount of light, amount and type of food, type of soil).

  • information managers
    • 01 florida students locate, comprehend, interpret, evaluate, maintain, and apply information, concepts, and ideas found in literature, the arts, symbols, recordings, video and other graphic displays, and computer files in order to perform tasks and/or for enjoyment.
  • effective communicators
    • 02 florida students communicate in english and other languages using information, concepts, prose, symbols, reports, audio and video recordings, speeches, graphic displays, and computer-based programs.
  • critical and creative thinkers
    • 04 florida students use creative thinking skills to generate new ideas, make the best decision, recognize and solve problems through reasoning, interpret symbolic data, and develop efficient techniques for lifelong learning.

Materials Needed:
  • Lobel, Arnold, Frog and Toad together and the garden
  • "Collections for Young Scholars" , Volume 1, Book 2, Page 34  -Open Court Publishing

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Beacon Lesson Plan Library
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