All About Plants

This week we are learning all about plants.  Now that it is spring and the weather where we live is getting warmer, we can begin with learning about what plants have and the different parts of the plants. Then we will focus on what plants need in order to live. By the end of the week my students will know all about plants.
All About Plants, parts of a plant, what plants need and what plants give us.  Every thing you need to teach about plants is in this blog post from Time4kindergarten.com
I found a few wonderful online resources I will be using. This one is an adorable claymation video that demonstrates the parts of a plant.
I'll also show this cute short video from Harry's Kindergarten.  It is a quick introduction to what plants need.
We will be making this adorable paper art craft about the different parts of the plant.   This year I think I will combine the parts of a plant with what plants need so we will add sun and a rain cloud as well.  These are pictures from last year. I combines all of the pictures to create a large quilt like collage.
Parts of a plant art project for kindergarten. Easy paper craft art project to demonstrate the different parts of a plant and what plants need.
Parts of a plant art project for kindergarten. Easy paper craft art project to demonstrate the different parts of a plant and what plants need.
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To introduce what plants give us I'll read Tops and Bottoms.
After reading the story we will sort the different types of fruits and vegetables grow. This is such a great lesson not only does it teach students about how food grows, but it is also a wonderful vocabulary lesson for my English language learners. If I don't already know the words in Spanish, I'll ask my students to teach me.  Of course when I have students who speak a language other then Spanish we ask them to teach us a few words of their favorite foods too.
All About Plants, what the need what they have and what they give a pocket chart sorting activity to enhance your all about plants unit
You can find this activity in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
We will also be reading this emergent reading and completing the sequencing activity from this pack.
Resources for teaching how seeds grow: Includes and emergent reader- from seed to bean, how a seed grows, the life cycle of a bean sequencing the lifecycle.  All products can be found in my TpT store.
We will finish up our unit of study with planting bean plants on Friday.  I have never had much luck with planting in the individual cups so a few years ago my husband suggested we use some of his starter trays. These seemed to work well. Once the seeds sprouted.  I popped them into cups and then thy took them home. I did find some peat moss cup packs at the .99¢ Store so I might try both just to be on the safe side. 
All About plants and seeds.  Teach your students about how seeds grow and what plants need by planting seeds.  Use seed starter trays to make moving the plants indoors and outdoors easy, especially if your classroom doesn't have windows or sunlight.
All About plants and seeds.  Teach your students about how seeds grow and what plants need by planting seeds.  Use seed starter trays to make moving the plants indoors and outdoors easy, especially if your classroom doesn't have windows or sunlight.
After planting our bean seeds, we will be 
Here a some more great resources you may like.

Well if you made it this far, you may want this little FREEBIE. If you have a nice big window you can plant seeds in sprout houses. All you need are cotton balls and small ziplock bags.  Print the spout houses on construction paper. Let the kids decorate them.  Soak the seeds overnight  This is an old farmers trick. Wet the cotton balls, then squeeze out the excess water. Add a few seeds with two cotton ball to the bag, zip it closed.  Tape the bag to the back of the sprout house. Then tape it to the window.  Watch the seed sprout in the bag as the bag creates its own water cycle.  You can grab your own copy here.
Free sprout house for planting seeds to watch them grow.
Have a great week, after plants we will be learning about butterflies, be sure to check back as I will have lots of  resources and I'm sure to throw in a freebie too.

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