Hi Friends, Now that spring is in full swing it is great time to add some resources to your plant unit. This is Sarah Winchell from Teaching Resources for the Classroom and I love sharing ideas for teaching science. The idea I’m sharing today is so easy! You simply staple a couple of sheets of paper together to create a booklet for collecting plants and seeds. You will need paper, stapler, masking tape, markers and pencils and some outdoor space. This is a page that one of my little girls created. I love the drawing, her collection and the use of our science vocabulary. This booklet can cover many standards as you teach about plants. Please keep reading to find out to use it in your classroom.
For this activity each student will start with a piece of masking tape. The masking tape can be placed on their arm like a bracelet with the sticky side out or the student can carry a piece of tape as they walk around outside. The students collect plants and seeds that they find as they explore. The children love the exploring and carrying their collection with them. When they have a collection they tape the items into their booklet. After the collection is in the booklet they write about the plants, leaves or seeds that they have found! My littles did this after we had spent a week on our plant unit so they had some basic vocabulary.
One of my little fellows put a rock in! It gave us a chance to talk about living and non-living things. I love the drawing of the Rosemary and the bit of Rosemary he collected. The Rosemary still smelled great a few days later. Collecting the items and writing about them created a lesson that integrated science and language arts standards. You could also add measurement by letting the children use measuring tools. There was a lot of conservation and sharing during this lesson. We used quite a bit of tape but it was worth it. There may be a bit of sticking but we just pulled the pages apart. These books can be created over several days. The students can compare their finds with each other which is a great opportunity for speaking and listening! I plan to use this lesson again on our nature trail this spring and again in the fall.
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