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Plant Power

Lesson Description:
Students plant their own seeds in potting soil and measure plant growth. Before the students' plants are visible above the soil, students explore the parts and functions of classroom plants and compare growth between the classroom plants. Using the weather channel website, students predict whether the day's weather conditions are excellent, good, or poor for plant growth. This lesson is best suited for kindergarteners and adheres to north carolina mathematics standards.
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge

Time Needed:
2 weeks
Standards Addressed:
  • Mathematics (2004)
  • grade 1
    • goal 2: measurement - the learner will use non-standard units of measure and tell time.
    • objective 2.01: for given objects: 
      • select an attribute (length, capacity, mass) to measure (use non-standard units).
      • develop strategies to estimate size.
      • compare, using appropriate language, with respect to the attribute selected.
  • kindergarten
    • goal 2: measurement - the learner will explore concepts of measurement.
    • objective 2.01: compare attributes of two objects using appropriate vocabulary (color, weight, height, width, length, texture).
    • goal 4: data analysis and probability - the learner will collect, organize and display data.
    • objective 4.01: collect and organize data as a group activity.
  • science (2005)
  • grade 1
    • 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:
  • potting soil
  • seeds
  • paper clips
  • rulers
  • crayons
  • pennies
  • plants
  • pencil

School or Group:
Learn Nc
Contact Email:
Service@greeneducationfoundation.org
Located in: Math

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