To kick off our plant unit, we discussed the life cycle of a plant. We watched this little video to help our discussion along.
Then it was time to get dirty and have some REAL plant fun! We dissected Lima bean seeds and worked to label the different parts. This is an activity I did last year with my seconds, so I KNEW my thirds would love it, too!
We also learned about the different parts of a plant’s structure and how they help the plant grow.
I used this quick fold up, for students to label the different parts of the plant.
Down below the “soil” tab, students labeled and colored the roots.
On the back, the kiddos wrote how each part of a plants structure assists the plant in survival. We used our science book as a resource.
Then, we were ready to learn how plants respond to their environment. To kick off this part of our plant study, we started an plant experiment. We first planted 3 seeds and changed one part of their environment.
We made seed journals to keep records of how our seeds are growing.
I split my class into three teams, one for each seed. They love making their observations and adding it to their seed journal.
At the end of the experiment, we’ll share out our observations.
To help strengthen our language skills, we worked on sorting contractions and possessives. Of course LOTS of sentence writing had to come with this one.
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