Kindergarten

Introduction~ Welcome to the kindergarten section of our plants unit!  Everywhere we go, we are surrounded by plants and plant products. Plants play such an important role in our daily lives as they provide us with the air we breathe, food we eat, our shelter and clothing. In particular, this unit will focus on the saskatchewan curriculum outcomes of examining observable characteristics of plants.  This unit will be based on a 4 week scope, as well a possibility for centers that could be created and set up at various times during the unit of study and that show interconnections amungst subjects.

Week One: The first week of the unit will  be an introduction to plants using story books, pictures and songs. Students will begin to learn the parts of a plant.

Week Two: Students will begin to look at the diversity of plants and seeds.

Week Three: Plants have basic needs to survive, just like humans do. Students will take part in a hands on study, where they will begin to learn what a plant needs to grow the best. This study will involve seeds being placed in a variety of settings: wet/placed in sunlight, dry/placed in sunlight, wet/placed in dark room, dry/ placed in dark room. Each day, students will draw pictures to record what they see. After a week, students will evaluate which seed had the most development. They will grasp that a plant needs water and sunlight to grow the best.

Week Four: As a unit closure, students will take place in a field trip experience to a local green house. Students will have the opportunity to see a variety of plants, different stages of growth, different sizes of plants. Students will also be introduced to the role of a greenhouse and how it nurtures the deveopment and growth of plants.

Centers:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1.Class Library/Reading Centre: The class library or reading center will contain a variety of books that will have information and images of plants. *See resources for possible stories

2. Math Center- At the math center, students will be able  to explore math objectives with plants. Live plants will be at the center as well as snap cubes. Students will be able explore measurment by building up snap cubes to the heights of the plants. Students will also find cups and seeds at this center. The cups will have numbers up to 10 on the bottom. Students will count the number of seeds to go with the number in the cup.

3. Clay and play-dough center- Students will use this center to create their own representations of the parts of a plant. A real plant, as well as labelled images will be set up on the table, to help guide students creativity.

4.Discovery Center- a table filled with a variety of live plants, seeds, pots, soil, water etc. will allow students to compare and contrast different types of plants and seeds, as well give an opportunity for students to have real life experiences planting seeds.

 Activities and Extensions- The following is a list of links, that contain a variety of lesson plans and activities that would correspond with the kindergarten learning objectives. Take a look!                                                                                                                                

1. The circle of life

2.Plant Power

3.Plant Songs

4. From Seed to Plant

5. Saskatchewan Curriculum

6. Seed Match

Cross Curricular Componets- The list of centers above, contains cross curricular components in: English, Math, Art, and Science.  Other subjects that can be incorporated would be:

1. Social Studies- Invite an aboriginal elder into the classroom, to discuss plants in an aboriginal perspective. Also students can participate in a social action project where thhe class build their own garden to help out the environment.

2. Health- Students will look at some of their needs as humans to be healthy, and then look at the needs of a plant to be healthy.

Assessment and Evaluation- Throughout the unit, students will be assessed through anecdotal records, class discussions, and documentation.

Safety – It is very important when considering bringing in live plants to a classroom, that a check is done for any allergies. On fieldtrips it is important that a teacher to student ratio is met. As well on field trips head checks, or name calls are important before leaving, mid-trip and when leaving. Students should know the rules and expectations on a field trip.

Resources-

Books:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 1.  The Tiny Seed- Eric Carle

2.From seed to plant- Gail Gibbons

3.  Anna in the garden- Diane Hearn

4. The Carrot seed- Ruth Krauss

5.  The surprise garden- Zoe Hall

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