Archives for May 6, 2010

Unit on Plants

Unit on Plants

Key Terms: seed, tree, leaf, flower, plant

Goals: For the child to recognize the key term when they see it; for the child to know that plants grow.
Activities
Putting a flower in the ground. As simple as it sounds. We planted a flower I picked up at Lowe’s.

Planting a plant from seeds. Again, I got a kit at Lowe’s. Charlie was surprisingly interested in this activity. He wanted to see and taste every aspect of it.

Leaf Journal. I laminated our leaves because of Charlie’s love of tasting. If your child is less oral–or just more likely to listen–then you could easily do this on paper or index cards.

Plant Sensory Activity I collected a bunch of leaves, flowers, twigs, grass, weeds, and even a gum ball and put them out for Charlie to explore. He was unimpressed, but I consider it a victory since he didn’t throw them on the floor. Since he was kind of passive, I sat down and made some piles of flowers and leaves and brushed some of them on his hands for sensory input. Be careful if you do this–check and make sure you’re not bringing in any bugs and remember that flowers can trigger seasonal allergies.
Flower Sandwiches Sandwich+cookie cutter=learning reinforcement. Also, fun to eat.

Plant Observation I don’t have a picture for this, but basically, you observe your plants growing. I bought a cactus at Lowe’s, put it in the windowsill and that baby has been taking off!
A Book We Enjoyed

The Dandelion Seed by Joseph P. Anthony, illustrations by Cris Arbo. A little grown-up (Amazon says ages 4-8), but a beautiful story about a dandelion seed, it’s journey, and how it eventually becomes a dandelion. Fit in with this unit perfectly, and the illustrations are great.
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