I reached deep into the depths of Pinterest along with personal knowledge of activities which have worked in the past and have created a mini-unit to teach plant structures at the beginning of the school year. I am pretty excited about what I have come up with! I wanted to share with you the ways that I am aiming to meet the needs of multiple types of learners to teach them these important standards.
First, for my visual learners, I created an anchor chart that will remain on the walls throughout this unit of study.
For my "Art Smart" students I also included a number of different craft type activities including tracers to create a plant out of construction paper and sheets that look like coloring sheets for students to use during recess. On these laminated sheets, students would press different colors of clay onto the different plant parts. I'm not sure about you, but in my classroom students seem to love activities that revolve around our study but aren't necessarily "work". It's an odd balance that only a 9 year old brain can fully process... I guess.
There are other written activities for students but the piece I am really excited about is a short lab. It makes a lot of sense to plant a plant as a lab activity in the classroom but I love the infamous "celery" activity as a more timely activity. The main idea is that you put a piece of celery into a glass of water with food coloring. Wait a few hours and come back to the celery and you will see that the leaves at the top have turned the color of the food coloring demonstrating that after taking in water, a stem does indeed carry water to the other structures of the plant.
For this activity I have included a sheet that follows the scientific method to record thoughts, predictions and observations during the lab. Additionally, I created a fill-in-the-blank style lab report for students to record words and sentences to describe the lab and their learning. This will serve as a model for how to write up a lab later in the school year!
I tried to take pictures of the celery experiment so you could all see how this works. The pictures are so-so... The experiment is very cool in person. Here you go!
|Here is my celery the next day. See the blue on the leaves?|
In real life you would!! In this picture... maybe?