Grade One

Introduction:

This portion of the blog focuses on the Unit of Plants in the Grade 1 Curriculum.  Plants are important to everyone and everything and they are everywhere.  This four week unit plan focuses on helping Grade 1 students realize the importance of plants and continues to build a foundation for future learning of plants to grow on.  It connects and continues to build off of the kindergarten unit and also builds up to the grade two unit.  In the Saskatchewan Curriculum it says that the plant unit should include a comparison of different plants, and the parts of those plants.  It also wants children to learn how each part helps the plant meet its needs.  The last thing it outlines is how different plants adapt to different surroundings and how important plants are to us.

Week by Week Outline:

Week 1: The first week of this unit includes a lot of set and introduction items.  It will introduce new ideas to the students and refresh their memories of things they had previously learned.  This week will build a starting point for the rest of the unit.  In this week the students will start to explore different plants and the plants parts through activities and lesson plans.

Week 2: The second week of this plant unit will continue to allow students to explore plants and their different parts.  They can begin the lessons that require them to observe over a period of time so they will be done by the end of they year.  They will be allowed time to go outside and explore plants in nature by identifying different plants they find.

Week 3: The third week will change the students’ focus to more of understanding the functions of the plant parts and how plants are essential to us.  They can continue doing different activities and lessons that allow them to explore and discover a lot on their own.

Week 4: The final week will allow the students’ to finish up exploring ideas of interest and allow the teacher to tie together all the activities and lessons that might not have been finished yet.  In the fourth week a field trip would be a good idea.  There are many different places the students could go for a field trip, like a greenhouse, or a community garden or a park.

Lesson Plans / Activities:

Plant Systems

Life Cycle of a Plant

From Seeds to Plant

Inside a Seed

Plants and Seeds

Plant Dyes

Plant Worksheets

Fun Project Ideas

Fingerpaint Leaf Prints

Where Are All The Plants?

Cross Curricular Connections:

Math: Throughout a lesson students will be asked to measure the lengths of different parts of the plants.  They will need to measure the roots, the stem, and the leaves.  After measuring the students can compare the different lengths and see which is longer, which is shorter and what the difference is between them.  This works on the math concepts of measuring and using a ruler, adding, subtracting and comparing.

Language Arts: Students will need to label different parts of the plants, they will also be required to identify different plants by reading about them and writing the answers down.  Students may even write stories about different plants.

Social: The Social connection deals with the importance of plants.  Students will learn how important plants are to everyone and what they all are used for.  They will also discover what would happen if plants weren’t around.

Health: When studying the different uses of plants, students will learn that plants are used in different medicines and how good they are for the body.

Physical Education: There are many games that can be played outside when students are looking for different plants.  These games will be theme based around plants.

Art: Students will paint with plant leaves, they will also be recreating pictures of plants and drawing different things they have observed.

Assessment and Evaluation:

The assessment strategies throughout this unit would include observation, turning into documentation.  I would also use checklists or rubrics to monitor the students work.  Another good idea would be using Science Journals for the students to track what they are learning and track the changes in the plant growth.

Resources:

Books:

The Magic School Bus – Plants Seeds: A Book About How Things Grow

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall

The Garden of Happiness by Barbara Lambase

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Kraus

Sunflower House by Eve Bunting

And the Good Brown Earth by Kathy Henderson

Websites:

Earth Day 2010

Kids Gardening

How Plants and Flowers Grow

Videos:

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